Dripping ink on parchment,
the quill – the only thing I have left;
Family in brisk danger,
beloved betrothed to another;
A piece of paper – it all started,
tempted to rip it, tattered.
Though each breath numbered,
Blossoming freedom is all that matter.
Lines of verticals, all I see,
Each wall domineering o’er me.
A loaf of bread, I had to take,
In return, soul and body encaged.
Politics, selfies in every turn,
sins and stronghold –
let’s watch it burn.
Thoughts voiced and acted
no longer numbered.
Is it mere privilege
or a dutiful obligation?
Freedom is a fundamental need. It is so powerful that nations go to war for it. People engage in both despicable and heroic deeds to gain it. In the name of freedom we suffer, make sacrifices, and attempt to perform miracles. For freedom we are willing to lose everything and risk our lives, since no life really is one without freedom. – Daily Prompt
This prompt reminded me of this particular movie we saw on our subject Rizal (The course outline is on the life and works of the Philippine’s National Hero – Dr. Jose P. Rizal) I was reminded of all the things our ancestors had to do (sacrifice, even) to redeem our freedom. It also got me thinking about Les Miserables’ Jean Valjean, and how he lost his own freedom.
But more importantly, it made me realize how society celebrates this privilege (or obligation) . Are we taking it for granted? Do we truly have freedom – physically, emotionally, spiritually?
When does one gain complete freedom? Romans 8
Are you free? (Galatians 5:1)
Yes, I am.