Just Remember: Freedom's Not a Given

Music: Aria Variata, BVW989, Variation #1.
by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Performed by Brendan Kinsella at the Free Music Archive
under a Copyright-Only Dedication license.

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Just remember: Freedom's not a given.
Understand that it could disappear,
Lost to insecurity and fear,
Yielding to some messianic vision.
Freedom is not simply what it seems:
One might be free to pray but not to eat;
Unrestricted where one might compete,
Restricted where one's class defines one's dreams.
To survive, freedom must be more
Habitation than just open door.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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