Saturday, November 19, 2016

I'm Sorry Freedom to Shame of Glory 
The shame of losing freedom 
The shame of buying sparkling water 

I’m Sorry Freedom (English sonnet) 

I’m sorry my dear heroes for our shame
For mothers’ empty tears that now go by
For curses braved so cowards sit and cry
For surely there is someone else to blame
I’m sorry that your glory became lie
That freedom was an easy thought to tame
That while you fought our leaders played a game
That all the hopes of yesterdays now cry
Like flocks of sheep to terror in we cave
To eyes and ears that watch us everyday
Arrested cause our clothes hint misbehave
Our children searched in streets they used to play
Those dreams of liberties whose cost were grave
Are freedoms we now lightly give away

A sad truth reads the tombstone of this English sonnet. The differences between the quatrains and the styles. Whereas the quatrains follow a form, there does seem to be any simultaneity in the couplets.So as a sonnet changes a country changes.

I am up there in age. I believe I have been around during America's best times. I remember where I was that Tuesday morning of September 11, 2001. I loved my job so I started real early. I was still in bed when the first plane struck. I was one of those who thought it was a accident. Then came the second plane. America was under attack! So much has changed since that morning. The biggest change was our freedom. In order to be safe, we are searched, watch and listened to. And where does the money come from to pay for all of this? The face of war has changed. While America depends on man power and superior weaponry, the enemy uses fear, infiltration and ignorance to win its battles. In many ways, we were beaten by Al Qaeda. What is even worse, countless brave young heroes gave their lives for freedoms we so lightly give away. Next time we see a child being searched by security remember a brave young soldier died for that. 

What can I do, we may be wondering. It has been my experience, quite a bit. We are taught: One person one vote, This is not 100% true. A person can influence how another votes. We can form voting blocks. We can use the social media. Another tool is: contacting our government representatives, The extra benefit here is: not everyone does this. So our phone calls and our letters speaks for at least 100 people who did nothing. Let our voice be heard. Not a leader? There are others who share our concerns; find them. There are, for sure. many other things that we can do, The main point is that we did something. We tried. And just in trying, the world becomes a little better. And as we look back at our footprints, Enjoy. 

How about a song with all of this: Lee Greenwood "God Bless the U.S.A." 

Shame comes in many forms 

Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson is an Icelandic professional strongman, actor, and former professional basketball player. He placed third in 2012, 2013 and 2015 in World's Strongest Man competition.  He is also known for his role as Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in the HBO series Game of Thrones. What does all this have to do with shame? 
Let's let Hafþór tell us, "Shame And Glory" 

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Freedom is never more than one generation 
away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our 
children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, 
protected, and handed on for them to do the same. 
Ronald Reagan


  1. One by one they can add up to a whole lot indeed.

  2. Every journey starts with one step. Sometimes a very small step.

    1. So meaningful and you're right
      Thank you for the focus

  3. The poem is moving and so are your words. It is a complicated time we live in.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the poem.
      Thank you for leaving your thoughts

  4. This poem puts a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. Freedom is taken for granted by many. Kids today dont see where freedom came from and it didnt come free.
    God bless the USA.

    1. Thank you for your tender words.
      It us up to us to preserve our freedom.
      Did they die for nothing?

  5. Your poem and commentary are so poignant. The cost of war is surely grave.

    1. Thank you for your feelings.
      Graver still, when we allow others to rob us of what so many died for

  6. A very poignant sonnet. I believe every live lost in a war is one too much. I believe that love is the way to solve problems or as Gandhi said "there is no path to peace, peace is the path"

    1. ! so agree
      Thank you for calling our attention to this.
      May we all stay the path

  7. your sharing is wonderful like always .enjoyed the video until in last found that lady saying shame was not his own conscience though.

    loved the last words of wisdom most .they represents your motive in a very powerful way

    1. Thank you for the great compliments
      Glad you enjoyed (I hope I brought you as much enjoyment as your blog brings me)