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OUR FREEDOM WASN'T FREE

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OUR FREEDOM WASN'T FREE

Have you ever wondered what happened to the men?
Who signed the Declaration that made this a free land.

Five were captured by the British.  Branded traitors, tortured, died.
Twelve men lost their homes and land. Ransacked, burned what was their lives.

Two their sons  imprisoned.  Two sons fought and died.
Nine killed in the Revolutionary.  Pledged their fortunes and their lives.

Twenty-four were Jurists and Lawyers brave and true.
Eleven of them merchants.  Nine farmers , all who knew.

If caught death would be eminent.  To sign with quill or pen.
Have you ever wondered what happened to these men?

Their livelihoods were ruined.   Their ships swept from the sea.
Stood against the British Navy.  OUR FREEDOM WASN'T FREE.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the men.
Those Patriots of long ago.  Could you be as brave as them?

                       MAFLongfellow

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  1. Date: 8/27/2008 4:51:00 PM
    So much truth shared in this poem. No our freedom isn't free--there are sacrifices too. Congratulations on being one of the winners in Brian's contest. I wish you continued success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 8/26/2008 6:53:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in Brian's contest! Awesome write! Love, Shar