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Freedom is..... (By Carnia Adams, age 12 years old)

Freedom is..... (By Carnia Adams, age 12 years old)

Freedom is the right to speak
Freedom is not being weak
Freedom is being happy
And sometimes, awfully snappy
Freedom is when you’re allowed to look behind the scenes
Freedom is when you feel free

Freedom is not feeling trapped
But Freedom is jumping off the racks
Freedom is having a choice
And Freedom is being allowed to use your voice
But sadly Freedom doesn’t come free
We have to pay a fee
We pay with our lives
And we sell our hope to experiences

People fought with everything they had
They still do, and people they love feel sad

Freedom is a need
You need it to succeed
The ones, who have it, take advantage of it
But when they lose it, they look stupid

Freedom can be an empty promise
But Freedom can be honest
The people who fought for Freedom to make us free
I often wonder how happy they would be.

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courtneyo's picture

Thought Provoking


Thanks for sharing Carnia's poem. It's inspiring, quirky and powerful. The last line was really striking:

'I often wonder how happy they would be'

Definitely something to think about, if those that have been so heroic and brave in creating change before us could see us now. Maybe they can, and continue to look over us?

Thanks again.


smothyz's picture


for a 12 year old to write as blown away. tell her to keep writing.

if we could internalize these words, would we live different than we do today? if we think of they that fought so hard for us to enjoy life, such as it is today, do we get teary or are we proud that they did have the guts to fight?

i wonder.


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only LOVE can do that. -Martin Luther King Jnr.

MyrtleG's picture

I have told her...

Thank you for your words of inspiration. I hope she continues to write.

Myrtle Adams-Gardner

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