Pale Liberty

Pale Liberty short poem

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Pale liberty, never thou art within people’s reach,
Born and brought up in palaces old
Under careful cradles of rulers bold
Whom we often called bald despots.
Thy brazen presence in statues gold
Where static freedom hides in feared cold,
Never smelt the flavor of yawning dawn,
Always happy being of despots’ pawn.
Priceless jewel as often thou art called
And transported on iron hands,
Displayed upon power’s eternal spear,
Not among for whom thou art born.
Vigilant masses often caged thy hues.
Burst in joy on your tender name,
Broke the hellish Bastille and put tsarism under grave,
Still thou fled on next day through the casement of
Freedom’s castle.
Air of free visions, voices of choice free
Never reached to thine flimsy cell,
Rather the true angels of trodden causes
Braced the illicit death in betrayed seizes.
Where thy heart lies? What is your true self?
For whom thine unspent tears roll?
How worthy of taking your soft name?
Where from thou come? To whom you serve?
Pale liberty, blot less blood is your offering,
That spent enough on History’s satires,
No whispering cries of hungry oppressed had
Broken your stony sleep. Thou Freedom indeed

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