Treasure Island

Dave Tanguay

(Nov.8,1948 / Westbrook, Maine)

War + Lives - add Love = Freedom


A nation born from war, for the “purpose” of establishing freedom
A nation divided in war, in an “attempt” to fulfill the goal of freedom
A nation engaged in world wars, in the task of “preserving” freedom
A nation policing the world, in the “pursuit” of freedom

So many young lives have been lost, for the “cause” of freedom
Let us remember those who paid the “ultimate price, ” for freedom
And dear God, please tell us! - “What! ” - is freedom?
“Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing
To play in face of certain defeat.” Ralph Ellison

'We need not war'

We need not war, to show us how freedom is made
What we need is love to show us how freedom is played.
For freedom is not - but to “do as we please”
But rather to “please others” - because of what we achieve
“To serve requires love, only with love to we attain freedom”

Submitted: Thursday, August 23, 2007
Edited: Thursday, March 31, 2011

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  • David Barlow (8/23/2007 4:30:00 PM)

    Amen to that Dave, great write with a lot of feeling. Thank you for sharing it. You might like to look at my Poems 'American Remembrance' and 'Crying Out' they have similar sentiments. Kind regards David (Report) Reply

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