When times were bad and people hid
In basements, for their words were felt,
In caves, in attics, fearing for their lives,
That’s where they found what freedom meant.

We speak, not for ourselves, but for
The ones that can not speak.
No word should ever need to bend,
No pen should stop.

Don’t let them silence you, my friend.
Know that your mind is free
And that there are some people here
Who read, who think.  Not “they” perhaps, but we.

for all people who can’t publish cartoons of their choice


Comments on: "Freedom" (12)

  1. An excellent tribute, but also a poignant insight. The closing stanza, especially, has such a way with words, the rhyme that sings, that reaching out toward those of us who read. A great gesture for ending of this poem.

    • Thank you very much David! I think showing some solidarity for Charlie Hebdo is the least we bloggers can do, afterall we are also publishing. The right to make political satire should be treasured.

  2. Very poignant and topical Ina. And beautifully expressed as always. My heart breaks for those in Paris who died, and their families. Such a pointless waste. ❤️ Xxx

    • Thank you Christine. So horrible! It maybe was an attack like there are so many in the world, but for everyone, at least in the free part of Europe, the words Charlie Hebdo and Je suis Charlie are now written in stone. ❤ xxx

  3. Elaine Randall English said:

    Can I say “Amen?” STAND UP PEOPLE OF THE WORLD. Do not back down!

  4. Beautifully said Ina!

  5. Amen 🙂

  6. at times, life gives us headaches,
    deep thoughts,

  7. welcome join my friend’s rally for poetry today,

    submit at our comment session or via inlinkz, smiles.

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