What do I want? What do you want? How do you want life to be? What will you do? Equality, fairness, and love should guide us. My friend, Karen, asked me to write a poem about freedom. I did. It has a dark shadow, but the shadow has a crack in it, so the light gets in.
We didn’t start the fire refers to the Billy Joel song, Timothy Frances refers to Leary, the beast is the oppressive government, Tom down is to be subservient. In terms of rhythm and rhyme, this thing is all over the place.
The Freedom Dream is Dead
by Bill Reynolds
What do I want to do?
I wanna be happy.
I want you happy, too.
My dream is a happy world.
How do we want things to be?
Let’s be fair, and hopefully free.
And just, and true, and honest, and imagine…
For all, equality and rights
With love we can see, for all brothers and sisters.
Life is not fair, but are we?
What is this happiness we pursue?
In all fairness, what can we do?
Freedom? Liberty? Is that all?
Equality? Justice, et al?
Can you imagine?
It’s just a damn dream for too many.
And our dream is dying the fastest of any.
One million paper cuts, delivered with slashes,
All hope is lost, the beast burns us to ashes.
As for my dream? It is dead.
We fought all for naught.
Now I feel a dread.
Selfishness won. It owns us now.
I can’t imagine.
Resistance is failing, the world is darkening.
Evil and greed are the name of the game.
Profit and loss the new moral code.
Money is god, ready for more of the same.
The worst from the beast is yet to be told.
Imagine died too.
We didn’t start the fire, we can’t put it out,
Feel the heat from the rich man’s ire
Burning a hole in my hopes and desire.
Timothy Frances, where are you now?
To destroy this beast, please tell us how.
Or do we Tom down, and let it go on?
My dream may be dead, but I will go on!
Resist, resist, resist, fight for rebirth.
Resist until we have new life on Earth.
Imagine a future, resist to the end.
Look both ways and mind the gaps.
Life has no guarantees, but we can work for fairness.