Arab Spring

I WILL stand,
fist clenched hand.
“Free our land,” is said as one.
Screaming triumphant,
happy,
beaten,
bloody;
Ecstatic about the chance of freedom.

“Tear the beast from his greedy kingdom.”

They taunt the child soldiers with
fear
in     their    eyes.

“Come stand with us my child,
at least shed blood for the cause of your brothers and sisters.”

Drifting in the crowd,
never to feel her son’s love again..

The butt of HIS rifle ends her life.

The child soldier with
Tears
In      his      eyes.

Into the light,
SMILING

“Don’t worry my child,
I understand.
I am happy that I have made a stand, had a voice, stood together, raised my hand.
WE as one will free our land.”…
image

(Only from darkness can come light)

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18 Comments

  1. September 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Some bitter thoughts and images here of the corruption that freedom struggles bring to the human spirit. Incidentally is that a typo in the 5th stanza?

  2. Claudia said,

    September 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    so tough and heavy emotions in this…brought tears to my eyes..

    • montygrant said,

      September 2, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Thank you claudia. I’m sorry for the tears, but sometimes they are a release.

  3. 1emeraldcity said,

    September 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    child soldiers…pitiful and ugly. You paint a sad, true, but solid picture of freedom…the cost and heartbreak. Well done!

  4. David King said,

    September 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

    This is powerful stuff – and what the world could do with more of!!

  5. brian miller said,

    September 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

    ugh…made me think of the child soldiers in africa…being forced to kill their family…hard read man….

  6. Laurie Kolp said,

    September 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Powerful, sad.

    • montygrant said,

      September 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Sad, Laurie, but i am always in awe of people who are willing to lay down their lives for their cause.

      • Laurie Kolp said,

        September 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        Yes… me, too.

      • Andrew Grant said,

        September 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        Thanks Brian. Really appreciate you reading and commenting.

  7. nephiriel said,

    September 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    breathtaking and touching, thank you

    • montygrant said,

      September 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      “breathtaking” wow, that is very unexpected praise. Thank you.

  8. hedgewitch said,

    September 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    This is strong, and so sad. The saddest part is not so much that it’s true, but that it’s been true for thousands of years and we never seem to learn.

    • montygrant said,

      September 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Yes, and i understand that people need to stand up for what they believe in, but belief without a dialogue and compromise leads to conflict, terrorism and warfare.

  9. brian miller said,

    September 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

    great to see you today man…read again…and still gives me shivers….the womans voice in the end is sad but i am hoping tht he hears her message….


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