Ode to Freedom

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For centuries men have fought for freedom;
Must we sacrifice to achieve?
Like a habit’s hard to weaken;
The truth, impossible to deceive.

Let us build a world, where land
Consists of tranquility and peace.
Let us raise our voice and plan;
Have bloodshed forever cease.

For freedom isn’t bestowed;
It’s most certainly achieved.

Determination raging in our hearts;
Shall prevent us from falling apart.
Cry of defiance towards oppression;
Striking back with equal aggression.

 

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“Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.” _Β Epictetus

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  1. Susan says:

    Point well made that freedom has to be taken. Oppressors are too ready with the lie and the boot. But can we stop the blood through “equal aggression? All those wars for freedom–when is the land free? What creativity there will be then!

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  2. Old Egg says:

    Humans are strange animals that need to be at war with their own kind. We don’t take well to reason, justice or fairness. Countless ages of aggression has taught us nothing. There is hope but sadly she doesn’t carry any weapons.

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  3. Jae Rose says:

    Freedom is not to be taken for granted is what I take from this piece – we have to work for it and sustain it..as ever a unique and uplifting poem.

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  4. Alan Stevens says:

    The fight for liberty is never in vain, even if it is sometimes lost.

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  5. Lowe says:

    “For freedom isn’t bestowed;
    Its most certainly achieved.”

    People (like me) need to remember this. Instead of waiting for something to happen, people should make something happen.

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  6. Thotpurge says:

    Must we sacrifice to achieve… ??? Important question indeed!

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  7. Sumana Roy says:

    i love your thoughts about freedom…well put…

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  8. kaykuala h says:

    For freedom isn’t bestowed;
    Its most certainly achieved.

    Yes, there has to be a fight for it. Most often it is preceded with lots of blood and tears. Brute strength wins over reason. Wonderful lines Sanaa!

    Hank

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  9. So well written, Sanaa! Beautifully done.

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  10. Panchali says:

    That’s a beautiful ode to freedom, Sanaa! Freedom has its life in the hearts…hence, “Its most certainly achieved…” Beautifully done!

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  11. So beautiful and meaningful. It’s so true freedom is never bestowed, it has to be achieved by determination.

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  12. Claire says:

    Ahhh, there is much to admire in your vision…

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  13. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder says:

    I agree, freedom is something we have to achieve and have to fight for it…it comes with a cost, but we should never stop striking back in order to get it from the oppressors… πŸ™‚

    Loved the piece… πŸ™‚

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  14. Mary says:

    Good that those cries against oppression continue! We must keep it up!

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  15. L. Moon says:

    I sometimes wonder if people need to lose freedom to appreciate it. A thought provoking poem Sanaa and one that will not soon be forgotten πŸ™‚
    xo Leslie

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  16. G L Meisner says:

    Yes freedom isn’t free, but it can be attained with our equal aggression. Though it is much harder that way.

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  17. blogoratti says:

    Wonderful thoughts of a beautiful world where life is great and people live without hate.

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  18. A poem of peace, strength and hope.

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  19. Mandy91040 says:

    Freedom can be so complicated, and the written like this seems so simple….. beautiful

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  20. Gail says:

    How wonderful. I wish the world would listen.

    Thanks for visiting.

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  21. Timoteo says:

    I like the defiant tone at the end!

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  22. Freedom is the best of things
    cause liberty and joy it brings
    to all the world the honor
    of young as well as old
    more precious than all gold
    so fight against the bombers

    Just a little piece inspired by yours and an old poem for freedom in Swedish.

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  23. Hopefully, achieving freedom for the self doesn’t mean bloodshed for others. Who can be free with guilt in the soul?

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  24. Nicholas V. says:

    Nelson Mandela said: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
    I think we often forget others when we think of our own personal freedom, Sanaa. I think this is the point that your poem is making.
    May we be able to achieve freedom while respecting that of others.

    1. adashofsunny says:

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  25. Kim Nelson says:

    We know that love, compassion and a desire for peace are the answers. Why are they so hard to achieve?

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  26. Rall says:

    Freedom does not mean the same thing to everyone. Like Nic, I recognise and agree with the point you made.

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  27. vandana says:

    The most precious thing to hold” freedom”!!

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  28. Suyash_J says:

    Freedom… we all need it in the right degree

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  29. Kerry O'Connor says:

    Must we sacrifice to achieve?

    This is a very valid question. I often wonder why peace keepers must carry weapons.

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  30. CC says:

    Very insightful lines here:
    “For freedom isn’t bestowed;
    It’s most certainly achieved.”

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  31. What a beautiful land of freedom this would be.

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