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Be Free, My Brothers

Penned like cattle, as if chattel, cages rattle, sounds of brattle, no more tattle, keen for battle. Be free, my brothers! The cause is great, our rights innate, not fuelled by hate, we’ll change our fate, we won’t be freight, not long to wait. Be free, my brothers! Marched out on deck, end of the trek, each one they check, from toes to neck, the merest speck, is cause for heck. Be free, my brothers! As we make land, I rub my brand, the time’s at hand, to make a stand, with me my band, just as we planned. Be free, my brothers! No longer sane, we share the strain, endure the pain, it’s not in vain, it’s all to gain, I break the chain. Be free, my brothers! Accursed whip, my clothes do rip, he splits my lip, I smash his hip, he’s lost his grip, knocked off the ship. Be free, my brothers! We're in the dirt, the words are curt, I wield the quirt, then shred his shirt, his blood does spurt, he's badly hurt. Be free, my brothers! The dock we shun, just feel that sun, we’re on the run, but not yet won, all said and done, it’s just begun. Be free, my brothers! Free of the snare, the wear and tear, the vacant stare, the matted hair, because we dare, to breathe the air. Be free, my brothers! So they give chase, don’t see the face, our fall from grace, because of race, their motives base, traded for lace. Be free, my brothers! More men appear, they mock and jeer, the end draws near, that much is clear, we hold life dear, so fight your fear. Be free, my brothers! At last we’re caught, not been for nought, got what we sought, for what we fought, to them we’ve taught, will not be bought. Be free, my brothers! Out in the field, wounds far from healed, blood not congealed, our fates are sealed, their guns they wield, we will not yield. Die free, my brothers! -------------------------------------------------- Originally composed in 2013, this is one of my longer poems. I was unsure about letting it see the light of day due to the sensitive nature of the subject, but this was my take on a particularly dark part of man's history. Submitted to the "Go Ahead... I Dare Ya!!" contest sponsored by John Lawless. (1st Place) Poem of the Day: 10 April 2017

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Date: 4/21/2017 10:11:00 AM
Glad you freed this poem, that was shackled to your computer, it was obviously crying for the very freedom it invoked. Congrats for POTD, I thoroughly enjoyed your internal rhymes, gives an urgency and importance to the subject material. a super 7
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John Michaels
Date: 4/21/2017 1:04:00 PM
Thank you for the great comments, John. So glad you enjoyed it (and pleased that you picked up on the rhythm / urgency). Regards, John.
Date: 4/11/2017 1:52:00 PM
- Congratulations on your p.o.t.d. John :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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John Michaels
Date: 4/14/2017 5:33:00 AM
Hi Anne-Lise. Thanks very much for your comments. Regards, John.
Date: 4/11/2017 1:43:00 PM
Congratulations on your first place....I can imagine the hard work that has gone in the making of this masterpiece ....loved each and every line....will add it to my favourites.
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John Michaels
Date: 4/14/2017 5:32:00 AM
Wow, thanks for the amazing feedback. I'm honoured this is being added to your favourites. Many thanks. Regards, John.
Date: 4/11/2017 12:20:00 AM
I see you have congrats here, so I am very happy for you for your win with this call for unity in the light of atrocity. I have seen so many movies based on this most terrible time of history, It is unfathomable to me how man can treat another human so inhumanely. Loved this part: endure the pain, it’s not in vain, it’s all to gain, I break the chain. There are new kinds of slavery in the world today. Oh, but if they could break their chains!
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Date: 4/14/2017 5:32:00 AM
Thanks for the great comments, Andrea. You're quite right - whilst this poem is written about that specific time in history, slavery is still an issue today. Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 11:26:00 PM
Savored every word, John, congratulations on poem of the day
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John Michaels
Date: 4/14/2017 5:18:00 AM
Thank you so much! Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 11:16:00 PM
It's too amazing. A little lengthy though but interest I'd maintained. Too good it has. Some musical quality too. Be free my brother's repetitive created a tone and music .Kindly read my works too I've just joined.
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John Michaels
Date: 4/14/2017 5:17:00 AM
That's very kind of you to say. Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 11:02:00 PM
Well-composed poem.... congrats on being picked....
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Date: 4/14/2017 5:17:00 AM
Thank you for your kind words. Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 6:48:00 PM
Hi John, congratulations on your Poem Of the Day, the piece is most deserving of the accolade....Mike.
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Date: 4/14/2017 5:15:00 AM
I really appreciate that! Thank you so much. Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 6:32:00 PM
What a statement! Bravo John! And, congrats on POTD.
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Date: 4/14/2017 5:14:00 AM
Thank you for your kind comments! Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 12:08:00 PM
John congratulations on port with this wonderful write.
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John Michaels
Date: 4/10/2017 2:22:00 PM
Many thanks for your comments and support. Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 9:17:00 AM
In my opinion this is right up there with the best poets of our time. A 7+++++
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Date: 4/10/2017 2:22:00 PM
I'm absolutely speechless. Thank you so much for your incredibly generous feedback! Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 9:11:00 AM
Shalom, shalom (peace of Christ) John; congrats on this one for two main reasons: 1. For seeing the light of day when the political moon was auguring caution 2. For making a unique contribution with your words, dreams for others, & music. Anil Deo
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John Michaels
Date: 4/10/2017 2:21:00 PM
Thanks so much for your kind comments. Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 8:02:00 AM
A powerful piece John! Big Congrats on having this honored for POTD! 7 ; )
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Date: 4/10/2017 2:21:00 PM
Many thanks for your kind comments. Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 6:43:00 AM
Freedom anthems are never gentle flowers, yours is certainly no exception, the fact that you feel it makes it necessary to be said. Congratulations for POTD honors John, and for your cause...
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John Michaels
Date: 4/10/2017 2:20:00 PM
Thank you for your sage comments and great feedback. Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 6:42:00 AM
Coming back with congrats on POTD
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John Michaels
Date: 4/10/2017 2:16:00 PM
Thank you for stopping by again, with more kind words! Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 6:21:00 AM
Good Morning John. This is exceptional and outstanding. The execution and expression are marvelous and powerful. A true must read out loud entry with emphasis and expression. Honestly. Be proud of this entry. Congratulations to you and "Be Free, My Brothers" for being chosen Poem Of The Day. It is so deserving.
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Date: 4/10/2017 2:15:00 PM
Wow! Thanks so much for your wonderful comments, Lisa. Much appreciated as always! Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 6:02:00 AM
Congratulations John! I'd say your poem is liberated :) xomo
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John Michaels
Date: 4/10/2017 2:14:00 PM
Many thanks for your comments. Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 3:51:00 AM
stellar rhyming in this one - both internal and end rhyme; to carry monorhyme through a poem of this length is no mean feat - congrats on your 1st place win in the contest!
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John Michaels
Date: 4/10/2017 2:13:00 PM
Thank you for the kind comments and lovely feedback! Regards, John.
Date: 4/10/2017 2:59:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved win in contest and achieving POTD John, so well written.
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John Michaels
Date: 4/10/2017 2:11:00 PM
That's very kind of you to say! Regards, John.
Date: 4/9/2017 8:55:00 PM
Congrats on your top win John
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John Michaels
Date: 4/10/2017 2:10:00 PM
Hi Joseph. Thank you for your kind comments!
Date: 4/9/2017 7:47:00 PM
Excellent message in your fine poem, John! Congrats to your top win. :)
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John Michaels
Date: 4/10/2017 2:08:00 PM
Thanks so much, Laura! Glad you liked it!
Date: 4/9/2017 7:32:00 PM
Congrats on your win, John. I am glad you shared this poem; I liked how you worked with the monorhyme in each stanza, and how the short lines give the poem a breathless driven rhythm.
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John Michaels
Date: 4/9/2017 7:43:00 PM
That's so kind of you to say so. Thank you for your comments and valuable feedback. Regards, John.
Date: 4/9/2017 7:17:00 PM
Congrats on your win with a complex write!!
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John Michaels
Date: 4/9/2017 7:40:00 PM
Thank you for your kind comments; greatly appreciated! Regards, John.
Date: 4/9/2017 6:13:00 PM
John, the rapid cadence and short mid rhymes created the "rattle of chains" to underscore the horror of the written words. The last line, sadly, the funnel for all who seek freedom. Thank you for submitting this to the contest.
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John Michaels
Date: 4/9/2017 7:39:00 PM
Thank you for running the contest and for my placement! Without the encouragement / enticement of the "I dare ya!" hook, my poem would forever have languished on my computer!
Date: 4/9/2017 8:51:00 AM
This is beyond amazing, John:) a powerful winner for me, deserves a 10:) loved the beautiful rhymes in 4 syllables each line, a favourite:)
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John Michaels
Date: 4/9/2017 11:37:00 AM
I'm touched that you thought so highly of my poem. Thank you so much for your kind comments. Regards, John.
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