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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

The world has wrapped me in chains
Bound by the sins of fathers passed
But as the darkness pulls me in I scream
Give me liberty or give me death

The chains rust and crumble away
Instant freedom tasting so sweet
But the aftertaste is so bitter
Give me drink or leave me weak

My glass overflows with wine
And I drink til my thirst is no more
But the wine fills me with rage
Give me purpose or give me war

On the table sits a pen and a pad
To which I write my thoughts
But thoughts are meaningless alone
Give me love or give me lust

She walks out from the darkness
Lock and chain in hand
She says til death do is part
Give me liberty or give me death 
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Christopher Reichard More than 1 year ago
This poem was written in June 2008. If I remember right, I was looking up famous quotes online to use as a facebook status and upon reading and being reintroduced to "Give me liberty or give me death" I felt inspired to use it in a creation of my own while directing it to a different context.
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Sonya Sweeney More than 1 year ago
I love how this takes you through a cycle of freedom back to darkness. Very human
Christopher Reichard More than 1 year ago
If not for any other reason, this is my personal favorite that I have written in over a decade of writing for fun and/or whatever reason.
Animus Vox More than 1 year ago
Why do people review their own work. That's just piteous. You want to write something, post in your about poem.
Emily Radebaugh 9 months ago
I'm immensely impressed. Good job my good sir
Animus Vox More than 1 year ago
I like the emotion carried with it. It really drives the piece. I feel it could do better to flow in certain parts, but, nevertheless, a nice poem.
Asim Nehal More than 1 year ago
Nice
Ofuonyebi 'Dinobi More than 1 year ago
Good job
yvonne sensing More than 1 year ago
Didn't capture my attention...didn't flow...thanks for sharing
Michelle Picon More than 1 year ago
like it.
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