Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California

“Freedom isn’t free,” they said,
“You have to pay a price.”
Then they sent us off to war,
Fighting nits and lice,
Fighting other people too,
Who bleed like you and me.
“Did I have to die,” I ask,
“Just so you’d be free?”

Poem © 2017 and photo © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Independence”

Posted on July 4, 2017, in California, Midweek Motif, Poets United, Rhyming poetry, San Diego and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. It is always the youngest and finest that are sent while those that decide to go to war mostly stay behind to criticize.

  2. You make it sound so silly when of course it is!

  3. Yes. The conversation touches poetic depth and heights. It is not a simple question.

  4. As if life is just as frivolous…ugh…well put…

  5. War is waged for greed and power by arrogant politicians, but fought by the young and innocent who have been brainwashed into the false belief that they are killing for freedom.

  6. War is always a questionable and critical choice indeed.

  7. This is the bare truth of it.

  8. So much said in so few words. Bravo

  9. Very sad The price for freedom is very high. Well written

  10. Yes, unfortunately, it seems that way. Sad…but true.

  11. Yes, there is the conundrum

  12. you hit the point…in few words…loved this!

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