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Freedom on the Halfshell
A Collection of Poems on Freedom
Copyright 2002 by Bobby Matherne
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My candle burns at both endsOur foundering fathers
It will not last the night —
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends —
It gives a lovely light.
— Edna Saint Vincent Millay
Went out to sea with a bell of liberty -
The USS Constitution's sides
were rusting from the bilge below
But the stars and bars were flying high
so we ignored the crack in Pass and Stow.
The flagship of freedom has entered the shoals
and the Captain and the crew
are not among the very few
with their sights upon the Bill of Rights.
Their eyes are not upon the sea,
but socialized democracy —
that opiate of the masses —
of the upper and lower classes,
Who haven't learned to: Just say, NO!
NO! Beyond this point I will not go.
I'll support my country and my kin
But I'll decide both where and when.
To the feudal lords of IRS:
I'll pay your tribute nonetheless
You burn our candles from both ends
And though we're basking
in the glowing light,
We know it will not last the night.
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