Voices of Change: A Teen Reflects on Freedom

Freedom

By JGL, 13

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
You say all religions will be treated equally
Don’t ostracize Muslims, let them be

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
Our president doesn’t support free press, it may be gone soon
Forthright writing is only found once in a blue moon

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
We should be able to articulate how we feel, without repercussion
Don’t be aloof, have a genial discussion

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
Justice should be fair and resolute
Regardless of race and gender, or the point is moot

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
You can’t purge the world of guns
But people shouldn’t bask in violence or flaunt weapons for fun

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
Don’t make the accused wait in anguish
While they continually languish

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
Search should be legal and follow the rules
Don’t make people scapegoats or play them for fools

What’s the use of freedom if we’re not really free
My premonition is that if we follow the constitution’s true meaning, we’ll be great
We need to instill love and exterminate the defect of hate

Read about Voices of Change on The Brown Bookshelf:

The Brown Bookshelf opens up this space to you — to young readers, to parents and caregivers, to educators, and all who work directly with children and teens. See previous entries here.

What are you thinking? How are you feeling about what is happening in our towns and cities, our world? Where do we go from here? What would you like to see happen? What do you want to do? How can we offer our support?

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One Response to Voices of Change: A Teen Reflects on Freedom

  1. Brenda Whiteman says:

    Amen! This young writer captures so much emotion raised in this particularly divisive political climate. Love the refrain. Thank you. A beautiful poem!

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