Polemic on Freedom

Man is born free, yet everywhere he is in chains,
So I read,
That Rousseau said ,
And he is still right,
As freedom becomes twisted to make and sate
Whatever self centred hybrid that we can create
For ourselves, but not- for each other

And so freedom for the people of Gaza
Means imprisonment behind their own border
And a nation state is free to deprive the sick of medicine
To protect their own order
And oppress others
Which is no freedom at all
But the mentality of those who think small

Whilst in Brussels we talk of free trade
Of what money can be made
But the children of Somalia want to be freed
from the greed
Of warlords who would rather buy guns for themselves than water for the thirsty,
To purchase death rather than save life
Where oppression and strife,
But no new rain eases the scorched earth of destruction

Yet it is not just far away
That our feeble minds have strayed
From what is right and is wrong, for so long.

Old freedoms lie in the balance
At the mercy of corporate dalliance
And careless staff do the rounds
In homes to be sold off or closed down
Of men and women who fought for freedom
Not this.

And they will have you believe that Gordon Taylor from the players football association
For having a meaningless telephone conversation
Is due compensation
Of £900,000
While the elderly cannot get around
Because the money cannot be found

In whom can we be trusting
When our liberties lie rusting
In such specious, spun words
Ringing hollow and absurd.

So saying what you do mean, is mean
Or demeaning?

Or is it the mean of what you mean that is meant?

What was the meaning?

Was it what you thought, but did not say,
Or what you said but did not mean?

Or was it just that we did not glean
From what you said
What we should have seen?

Were your words pristine?
Or not what they might have been?
Is it that on which you were not keen?

And if you now say you did not mean what was said
What was read -And you said it,
Well what did you mean?

What should we, the team, glean?

That you say what you mean?
Or that what you said you didn’t mean?
But it should not have been seen.

And although what you say, you do not always mean
As the words can refer to another scene that was seen,
You do now,
(From what I can glean)
Think that we should trust you and hold you in the highest esteem.

But not what you say.

Well not always.

Not what you said yesterday, anyway.
Just what you say ,today. Ok?

You think that we should believe you, that what you say is true
Maybe some of the words, perhaps just a few?
But when some talk of freedom be wary of such claims
Test what is said carefully, and listen for those chains.

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