James Grengs

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Freedom Is Never Free

Poem by James Grengs

They tell me
'Freedom is never free.'
I know that-
More than most realize.
Freedom cost us more
Than we should have to give.
Freedom cost us blood.
It cost us the lives
Of our fathers,
Our sons,
Our brothers.
But while freedom is never free,
It has been bought at great price,
And so is a thing of great value.
We must defend it,
From those who would take it away.
The defense of our freedoms
Will cost us-
More than we wish to pay.
But we must pay, to defend,
For if we try to make freedom free,
We forget-
True freedom is never free.

Comments about Freedom Is Never Free by James Grengs

  • muqadas ali (3/26/2020 1:41:00 AM)

    best and wonderful poem I like this poem(Report)Reply

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  • Genevieve (9/27/2018 9:01:00 PM)

    Is this freedom? It doesn't seem like freedom is all that great, honestly. We aren't free to do whatever we want. We aren't even free to do whatever we want with our bodies.
    Not saying that's always a bad thing.
    We don't have other countries making rules for our government, so in that way I suppose we are free.
    In the U.S. we have massive corporations behind closed doors making the rules for us.
    So I fail to see what's so great about 'freedom'.(Report)Reply

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  • nikhil mathews (6/27/2018 7:36:00 AM)

    heart touching, inspirational(Report)Reply

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  • Sandra Feldman (6/3/2018 6:14:00 PM)

    This is one of the best and most touching poems I have ever read.
    On one of the most important, if not the most important of gifts for a happy, balanced human life.
    Most Americans don/t realize Freedom's wealth and importance because they have never lost it or never had it taken away, as most people in the World have.

    Thank you for this truthful, impeccable, beautiful and righteous Poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Loppo LouieLoppo Louie (6/1/2018 2:29:00 PM)

    How true Freedom comes with a cost...(Report)Reply

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  • Wilson WaisonWilson Waison (1/13/2018 4:58:00 AM)

    NYC piece of art. Thank you for sharing tha, check mine entitled Motherland it might be of interest(Report)Reply

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  • Yiyan HanYiyan Han (11/17/2017 4:53:00 PM)

    One has to defend for one's own freedom as well...thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Curtis Johnson (10/3/2015 11:34:00 PM)

    James. You have said it very plainly. May we never cease to understand freedom's value and freedom's cost. It is only free to those for whom its price has been paid for by others. Every generation must be on guard and armed to battle for the maintenance of freedom.(Report)Reply

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  • Seema JayaramanSeema Jayaraman (10/3/2015 12:58:00 PM)

    I luv this poem, today when we sit so comfortably utilizing our countries amenities, its easy to forget how this freedom was gained in not too distant past...Father of our nation Mahatma Gandhiji is a leading light in our fight for freedom.. thanks for sharing(Report)Reply

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  • Jasbir ChatterjeeJasbir Chatterjee (10/3/2015 7:18:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem, very touching and inspiring...Freedom is indeed a thing of great value and has to be defended at all costs.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (10/3/2015 6:36:00 AM)

    The freedom bought at a great price has got to be defended at all costs. It will also demand sacrifices. Let us be ready for it. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (10/3/2015 5:38:00 AM)

    the freedom that had been bought at a great price, should be valued, as the transaction was based on the sacrifices..
    Thought provoking poem..(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (10/3/2015 3:06:00 AM)

    What a wise poem to read to know about the truth of freedom we enjoy in the world!(Report)Reply

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  • Beth Alley (2/26/2006 4:59:00 AM)

    that poem was so cool
    i loved it
    it is just so true
    good onya(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 27, 2004

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