Let Freedom Ring

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The cover photo on this page is a photo of the Statue of Liberty*. (Photo prompt by Marcella Leff, administrator)

You may write in any style or poetic form a poem about what this photo means to you. Alternatively, you can write about freedom. Explanation about your poem is permissible. Photos with your post will be deleted. You may post as many poems as you want but comments are counted per poem only.

Winner will be judged by the most original comments. One person can make many comments but only counts as one comment for winning at the end of the time limit. Your own comments do not count because you cannot judge your own poem. Comments being counted begins on July 7th, 9:30pm if this event was posted earlier than stated date/time.

Contest will be from July 7 until July 14, 9:30 pm. All members are invited to enter this contest. You can add your friends to join. Challenge them.

Administrators may post examples of poems but are not eligible to win. Administrators can like your poems but their comments do not count.

A new prompt will be posted every week. Winner will be posted on the main group page.

*The Statue of Liberty was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, and was built by Gustave Eiffel and dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift to the United States from the people of France.

The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.

It seems  like a lot of people are angry
Tossing words out to the sea
Maybe it is a  habit
A bad one we don’t see.
When I am out in public
I look straight into your face
I always am amazed
That smiles don’t leave a trace.
I realize stress is huge
Not enough money to pay the bills
But ask yourself this question
Will bitching chase issues to nil?
If we were trapped and traded
To stand on other ground
Would you stop and beg forgiveness
Would silence be the only sound?
I don’t think that we mean to
Act with such disgrace
We really should stop and think
About all the human race.
For freedom is a gift
Our soldiers fought for this
Let’s kneel down on our knees
And give our ground a kiss.
Written by,
Terry Shepherd

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