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Below is the poem entitled AN EPITAPH which was written by poet Brian Strand. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Will liberty ring out again,
beneath the cries of human rights
can freedom's name survive,
dissembling and lies;
Will duty from its prison flee
throw off its shackled memory,
is respect just a word,
spoken,but never heard:
How long,how long 'til I becomes thee ?
when ,when, will ego bend the knee,
the victim is not me
my friend,my friend,it's we.

Who rings this bell of liberty
truly sounds,our culture's death knell.

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  1. Date: 3/19/2010 6:51:00 PM
    Very powerful write Brian and much pondering needed to release the answer. your last line is very apropos as to the condition of the country and government at the moment too.. luv.. "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 3/18/2010 7:22:00 PM
    A brilliant, beautiful and outstanding Poem you have penned with a sad conclusion in the end. Very strong and touching lines. Thanks. Best wishes and love Brian Strand

  1. Date: 3/18/2010 8:22:00 AM
    Interesting perspective on liberty, Brian. Many live are lost in the quest for freedom, but it took a revolution to make the states free. I have mixed feelings about the message, but enjoyed reading your thought-provoking poem. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/18/2010 8:05:00 AM
    So very sad when basic, God given rights are boxed by man and given only after precious blood is spilled! Awesome, Brian... Thanks for sharing this..Goes to my favs. today! Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 3/18/2010 6:37:00 AM
    liberty comes with a big price, our freedom to be...

  1. Date: 3/18/2010 5:05:00 AM
    Interesting thoughts that you have penned in this one..I especially like the line that says..when, when, will ego bend the knee.. Sara

  1. Date: 3/18/2010 4:37:00 AM
    Now lost freedoms ring loudly...sadly. Excellent epitaph. Now, painfully lost freedoms...a current social reality. Dane Ann

  1. Date: 3/18/2010 3:59:00 AM
    Poignant tribute to the sign of our times! Enjoyed very much! Regards Jeralynn