Mike Barrett

Freshman - 671 Points (June,1943 / Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)

On Freedom - Poem by Mike Barrett

Slaves.
It is said that we are slaves
Each in his own way!

Owing to social tradition?
Due to religious instruction?
Is it a lack of moral courage?

That we are slaves
I don't deny
But
This I know:

Each
Is what he is,
Decides
As he decides
Does
As he does.

The function
Of the Soul
That chooses
Paths to follow
IS
Man's greatest strength.

If we are slaves
It's by our choice -
We've exercised our wills.

FREEDOM
Is no more than this!



© M. Barrett – all rights reserved


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I wrote this in the early '60s. I realized that God gave mankind/Soul free will so that each might make choices. Choices made lead to circumstances to learn (sometimes positive things, sometimes negative things hence joys & sorrows.) Freedom to exercise the will is God's gift.....a tremendous tool!

Comments about On Freedom by Mike Barrett

  • Bronze Star - 2,262 Points Clarence Prince (11/22/2013 2:24:00 PM)

    Decides as decides
    Does as he does, that sounds true to me! Well done, Mike! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 9,811 Points Heather Wilkins (11/22/2013 6:55:00 AM)

    a great take on slaves. We are only slaves if we let it be so. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Albert Andrews (11/18/2013 4:24:00 PM)

    Mike, I love this poem for so many reasons. The depth of this message reaches far beyond the way ordinary people think and interpret the word slaves (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 18, 2013

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 23, 2013


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