Mike Barrett

Freshman - 811 Points (June,1943 / Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)

On Freedom - Poem by Mike Barrett

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
This I know:

Is what he is,
As he decides
As he does.

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

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

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

  • Silver Star - 4,380 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 - 10,112 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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