I Want Freedom, You Can Keep War Poem by Anindita Bose

I Want Freedom, You Can Keep War

Rating: 5.0

Screams of those dismantled bodies
are now resting in silence, the water of
the river has washed the blood and the
dreams of those men who declared
with pride -

'…this country is mine…'

It was a land surrounded by mountains
with bird-visitors and a forest nearby,
and a river flowing since the ancient time

now it was a war zone, and the blood
stained scattered transistors repeated -

'…a new day is near, freedom is ours…'

The little girl from village was walking
towards the forest to gather dry leaves,
she stumbled on a burnt-head, and fell into
the pit full of dead bodies

she did not scream, she did not faint
she stood up and left without complaint…

her family was called outcast since her
mother had dared to stop her father from
going to a war.

The woman wanted to build a family,
she nurtured peace, bloomed love, and
obeyed both her father and husband but
when the call came -

'…men must join forces, men must fight war
for the country, like men have done before…'

Her mother did not obey anymore; she stood
strong against the tide and even the political
threats made no difference.

The war, the death, the defeat, the loss, the cries,
the shadows, the darkness, the broken dreams,
the children born with futile beliefs, the women
abandoned and living like dead, yet the television
aired -

'…this country is yours, this war is yours
fight for freedom, die for freedom…'

The little girl's father told her stories:
of men from past and their glories
of men who loved family and freedom
of men who never fought battles without reasons.

She will bloom in a country of peace
she will walk through her own dreams

and for this

her father should not die
her mother should not cry
her family should not starve
her memories must not have scars.

So, the little girl walked towards the forest singing
her mother's favourite song -

'…I want freedom, you can keep war
I will have freedom, and you can fight a war…'

I Want Freedom, You Can Keep War
Freedom is important in human life, but that must not be achieved at the cost of lives. Life is precious.
Chinedu Dike 25 January 2023

Really a poignant poem written conviction.

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A wonderful poem with a loud clear message. Peace is everybody's birthright, like freedom. The ruling community, the dictators and the democratics equally vie with each other to it from them. Top score for this poem, dear poet.

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Jayne Louise Davies 25 January 2023

The sad, harsh reality of war here in this poem. Thank you for sharing x

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