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Doesn't our bell of freedom have a crack in it?Yeah -- that happened shortly after they replaced freedom with a coercive Constitution, didn't it? . . .

Freedom on the Halfshell

A Collection of Poems on Freedom

Copyright 2002 by Bobby Matherne
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Candlelight

My candle burns at both ends
It will not last the night
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends
It gives a lovely light.

Edna Saint Vincent Millay
Our foundering fathers
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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