Wednesday, 4 May 2011

The Fantasy of Freedom

A free world, you say?
What a joke, I reply.
Where is it when a man
can’t even burn a Quran,
when a boy can’t burn a poppy
without a fine to cause frenzy.

A free world, you say?
What a joke, I reply.
Debt: the shiniest of shackles.
Money: the canal of all evils.
Poverty, tell me, are they free?
Starvation. Wouldn’t that make you angry?

A free world, you say?
What a joke, I reply.
Where is it when thousands are in pain,
dying and dead, in Libya, Syria and Bahrain.
Ongoing wars in Uganda, Afghanistan, Congo.
Battles that began long, long ago.

A free world, you say?
What a joke, I reply.
Bin Laden is dead,
“we’re moving ahead,” they said.
Free from his satanic wars,
but what of yours?

A free world, you say?
What a joke, I reply.

© Kulsoom Mirza

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Kulsoom Mirza is a third year University student studying English with Creative Writing. Friend of books, against hate and violence, pro peace and a lover of music.

2 comments:

  1. Brilliant poem.

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  2. Yes. Well said and elegantly too.
    Some places offer more freedom than others but unfortunately, even the most free make rules to limit the freedom of others.

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