Peace with Freedom
by Will Ghormley
the struggle for freedom
is tied up in my mind
with smoke shrouded battlefields.
And many men
not brave men
doing what they feel they need to do.
They go home and live with the images
that have become part of them.
It is through the sacrifice of these men
that we are able to live at peace
What is it
that is bought at such a sacrifice?
Why do we value our freedom
purchased with the blood of men?
Couldn’t we sacrifice our freedom
for the blessings of peace?
But would we enjoy our peace
without our freedom?
It is freedom
that sweetens the years of peace.
What is peace
without that freedom?
If peace is only meaningful
when we have the freedom to enjoy it
the only price we could pay
then this world would soon dissolve in despair.
we exist on hope.
In our hearts
we believe in hope.
beginning with brothers and neighbors
man will know the senselessness of conflict.
We will search after peaceful resolutions.
What begins as self control among ourselves
will change the way our world deals with conflicts.
we will have peace
We cannot be idle, however
content in our freedom.
will grope after their desires in the darkness of their depravity.
will force the hand of destiny with their senseless bloodshed.
we would fall
and with us would fall
With this hope of peace
I take my place in the formation.
One of many men
not brave men
ready to join the ranks of those who have laid down their lives
for their nation
We take the chance
we too may be sacrificed.
will somehow detour
those who persist in violence
and we will live
6APL88 Will Ghormley, recipient of the Freedom’s Foundation At Valley Forge “George Washington Award”.
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