Freedom Denied

by Dixiedaisy   Jan 3, 2011

Close my ears, shut my eyes,
No learning I succumb
Fail to hear Br'er Rabbit tales
A tar baby's lesson learned

I shall not hear the echoes
Of slavery in the south
Nary a word from Uncle Tom
Should ever slip from my mouth

No tale of Vanishing Prairies
Or Massacre at Wounded Knee
Injuns, trails, and peyote
Shall remain a mystery

Are the Grapes of Wrath
Too bitter on the tongue
Abolishment of knowledge
Claiming I'm too young

So Fanny Hill speaks
And deaf become the saints
Assign all banishments
Because of the complaints

No Flowers for Algernon
Figures a Catch 22
Learn to Kill a Mockingbird
And Heather's mommies too

No degree of Fahrenheit
Should ever warn my mind
Or Frankenstein on silver screens
Shall surely make me blind

Leaves of Grass shall not bend
There is no Age of Reason
Did six million really die?
Judge and Jury for treason

Tell the wind to quiet now
The bough to never break
Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of Banning in the States

Melinda Kay Carpenter


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  • 7 years ago

    by Larry Chamberlin

    Well done. It seems that only when people like you voice objection to the absurdity in eloquent terms that we hold back the barbarianism of book banning

  • 7 years ago

    by Christopher Wry

    Well done but let us hope it will only be a fairy tail (or the majority get their voice back).

  • 7 years ago

    by Edward D Zurovec

    I love your Poetry DD, makes me think awhile, stirs memories, evokes anger, joy and fears. I do connect with your rebel nature, and enjoy your words immensly!
    Peace and Blessings

  • 7 years ago

    by Sungrl And Mrs Whatsit


  • 7 years ago

    by End Of Eternity

    Now though i dont know much about most of the things you mentioned (not coz i am young but coz of the but it takes taste and commonsense to find out worthy poem & this one is example of smart poem. Very intelligently merged piece.

    Nice to read after so long.

    all the best and take care

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