How important is freedom of expression
sexuality and creativity?
Why do I insist on freedom to live, freedom to die,
& freedom to choose with whom I will lie?
freedom to work everyday toward my dreams-
freedom to feed the poor
freedom to heal the sick
freedom to eat pure food
& freedom to grow it.
I want freedom to seek the truth-
Freedom to ask, & receive answers
I want freedom to speak!
Freedom to raise my children,
freedom to worship cats
freedom to communicate-
freedom to wear various hats!
I want freedom to make music, and to dance
Freedom to stir it up, freedom to act.
I demand to love Earth
& worship Her if I choose;
sharing with others how I handle the blues.
I demand freedom to protect our water supply,
freedom to demand an end to the death penalty
freedom to vote
freedom to campaign
freedom to breathe
freedom to set my people free!
Freedom to fight for & restore true Democracy
freedom to spread some good news!
Freedom to reinvent
to remember, to care,
freedom to separate myself from what snares
I want to be free to explore
a millennium and more of uncharted territory
I rejoice in the freedom to make a better human out of me!
By Jude Isametria Rogers
The original draft of this poem was written in 1999
Final Edit on May 2, 2013-
The anniversary of my 64th Trip Around Sol!