Alfred Barna

Am I Free? - Poem by Alfred Barna

Politicians and media proclaim I am free
Never mind the prison walls all around me
Right wing, left wing flying upon all our backs
Thieving private bankers cover up their tracks
How can depriving me of all of my rights
Protect me from the evils of all the world’s plights
How can saying some are too big to fail
Yet some are too small, and allowed to flail
Unless we realize that politicians cannot save us
For all control systems want nothing but enslave us

Media is but the mouthpieces of corporations
While Monsanto& FDA kills us via food and inoculations
They would not eat what they expect you to sow
As long as you pay for license whatever you grow
Pyramids are wonders for the elite to adore
But not for the backs of the builders and the poor
To prison a desperate man robbing to feed a hungry child
Yet Wall Street robs trillions, and punishment is mild
IMF sternly warns austerity and taxes for big and for small
Yet somehow they themselves pay no income taxes at all

We would not need protections from terrorist’s bombs
If all the injustices were dealt with, instead of force of arms
We think nothing of more agencies to kill and surveil, and remove our guns
Instead of just allowing people to protect themselves and loved ones
Magna Carta and Constitution were responses to bad kings and those of evil bend
Rights are like gardens, to keep them green you always must tend
Wars make bankers richer, for the both sides they fund in the build
And after the horrors, finance the rebuild and the caskets for those killed
Man may subjugate man, but one thing he shall never win in a war
The battle over his greed and ambition or the needs of the lowly and poor

Comments about Am I Free? by Alfred Barna

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (4/19/2016 8:07:00 AM)

    Rights are like gardens, to keep them green you always must tend
    Wars make bankers richer, for the both sides they fund in the build

    a big question you are raising dear poet... are we really freeee.? can we be free in this terrible world. profit oriented world., selfish world. can we be really free in our lives....... thank you for this nice poem. tony
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  • Afrooz Jafarinoor (8/20/2015 4:46:00 AM)

    We are all in prison, and the only difference is to what extent it's our own fault! Before any talk of freedom, we've got to think if we really want it, respect it, and give it when we're asked to! Unfortunately, the majority of people are bad rulers inside, so they can't elect good ones; and if they do, they usually can't keep them long! ! (Report) Reply

  • (8/13/2015 2:42:00 AM)

    Stark look at reality, a stellar portrayal of life on earth today! A totally perfect poem, detailing all the ills of our politicians and governments and how they bound us and still try to claim we are free from their tyranny! All the evils of this world are mixed together under the guise of government, which does nothing, but cause poverty and war to gain profits for itself and it's politicians! We all need to break free from these greedy, selfish despots and take our own paths to freedom without their so-called help! A very honest and true message of what our world is going through today. Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

    Afrooz Jafarinoor (8/20/2015 4:32:00 AM)

    Dear RoseAnn, I can grasp all the passion this striking poem has given you, but how can we really break free from the despots we grow ourselves? There is no path to freedom except being true to oneself, and making the right choice! Governments are made up of big children whose parents didn't let them be what they were meant to be! Democracy, equality, and justice all begin from home, but untill parents learn to make the best choices in the way they treat children, I'm afraid we're going to have just more and more greedy, selfish despots!

  • Patricia Grantham (9/16/2013 8:10:00 AM)

    An excellent poem in all of its substance and details. We may not be
    chained and bound but are we really free? The seeds of injustice,
    inequality, immorality among others are still being sown among us.
    We will persevere and overcome. Thanks for sharing this.
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  • Babatunde Aremu (4/26/2013 4:22:00 AM)

    Great poem. Man is free yet everywhere is in chain says J.J. Rosseau. Your poem captured what the world is going through today. The chains need to be broken (Report) Reply

  • Allen Steble (4/26/2013 4:12:00 AM)

    Food for thought... nice poem! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 26, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, April 26, 2013

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