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Freedom
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Freedom isn't Fourth of July.
Freedom isn't Fourth of July,
it's fireworks;
not war
it's battles

Struggles and confusions
losses and gains
strangers and newness
advancing and retreating
photographs and memories

Self-reliance isn't landings,
missions and doctrines;
it's philosophy, long-held beliefs,
influence and guidance,
daily routines

Not control, but compassion,
loyalty and support,
probability and outcome
Not ordinance, but ordinary
winning and losing

The wounded move
on walkers and canes
Then martyrs, now heroes,
Then defeated, now victorious
Inevitably, some prisoners

Pride, though little pomp and circumstance
smiles
tears
joy
depression

Careful shuffling has replaced
lightning-like strikes
Casualties, death and dying remain
as do sense and nonsense

Time was when battle scars healed
Sequence was infliction . . . attention . . . restoration
no more

Today's battles on the field of life mean
infliction . . . attention . . . deterioration
Unwelcome short circuits are frequent,
whimsical choices supercede
rapid-fire decisions

They wear nonmilitary uniforms
Crisp stars, bars and stripes replaced
by scars, snipes, and gripes
Military bearing in this place is disguised
as stooped shoulders, rounded bellies

Yet, self-esteem and pride 
are alive in the faces of these old foot soldiers;
their voices are filled with determination
and muttered prayers
Male and female alike, they attack
with eyes focused on the enemy--
time

Sounds of today's skirmishes diminish
Night falls over the encampment
Familiar sighs, sudden sleep,
restful breathing
Darkness silences fears and frustrations
Dreams offer scenes of past glories
One small victory over assisted living, nursing care

Quietness on this new front is achieved
at least for a few hours . . .
until dawn.


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