Treasure Island

Mike Barrett

(June,1943 / Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)

On Freedom


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

Submitted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Edited: Saturday, November 23, 2013

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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!

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  • 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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