Fears of Freedom Lost

With labored breaths she welcomes more
The tired, the poor, the wretched to our shores
But rusted chains now dangle from her torch
The masses on the border won’t be allowed to cross

Gun powder greetings,
It’s ours not yours, the illusion is fleeting.
Armed men on horseback deliver a chastening
The people cried our borders are too thin,
Fears of freedom lost; so, we’ve walled ourselves in

The people cried “our borders are too thin.. fears of Freedom Lost, so, we’ve walled ourselves in. (Artwork by Johnny McDaniels)

Things of which we never truly spoke,
Even now we won’t allow them into our books.
But the past speaks as though it were a ghost.
For the land was never there to be took. Now the offspring reproach,
what their parents fought for most.
we disown what was once our greatest boast.
The home of only the brave,
of huddled masses longing to be free,
Fears of freedom lost, we’ve shackled lady liberty.


When I sat down to write this, I was thinking of what made this country great. What made me choose here to call my home. So many desperate, immigrant families fled here because of the idea, the very notion that a person could be free to live a life that they pleased. They fled persecution, wars, subjugation, and every inhumanity conceivable, and over time, they built a nation that espoused all the virtues of a liberated people. I thought of the words written at the base of the statue of liberty, and was inspired.

I wasn’t born here, but I am proud to be a citizen of this country. There may be a lot of bad, but there is a whole heap of good that still makes this a great nation.

Johnny McDaniels, my partner in crime, was gracious enough to decipher my words, and translate it into this provocative piece of art. Barricades line the city, with graffiti that hints at troubles much like we witness in the middle east. We don’t want this for America.

9 responses to “Fears of Freedom Lost”

  1. Great poem Nigel, so well written. Your partner in crime did a great job with the art for this piece too. It almost looked like the Statue of Liberty was a small tank too. Very provocative. We don’t want to be a country where we don’t let others in. We all come from somewhere else. We were certainly getting worse for a while and separating children from parents who will never know where their children went, when Trump was President, was a very sad time. I have a child and I don’t know how those mothers and fathers survived that. Blessings my friend. Hugs, Joni

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    1. Girl it’s tough discussing these sensitive political issues. But Johnny believes in freedom of expression, and he encourages me to be bold. Thanks as always for being so supportive of my process. Appreciate you so much


  2. Wow, Nigel…

    Would it be okay if I share this poem as a “REBLOG”?


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    1. Of course you can David… Didn’t even have to ask my permission. I totally respect and love your work mate. It would be an honor.
      Thanks for the feedback as well.

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  3. I applaud you for writing this very sensitive topic Nigel..well done..and the art piece just fits perfectly well too with your bold and powerful poem.

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    1. Thank you Michelle. David was very kind to share on his blog, something I truly appreciate. Which I could be as bold more often when discussing these and other sensitive topics. 🙏

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      1. Yeah, i saw it first over at David’s blog.


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