Saturday, June 27, 2009

Let Freedom Ring!

Let Freedom Ring!

See, here's the thing:
Some things matter
More than others.
Freedom, for instance...
The right of
Self-determination.

See, here's the thing:
Ayatollahs everywhere -
Presidents, premiers,
Ministers or fuhrers -
Know not freedom;
Only power derived from fear.

See - here's the thing:
Power - assumed, stolen, or built on fear
Is weakness
Not strength.
Real power derives only
From the people.

See - here's the thing:
Today, in Iran and in Europe,
In Asia and the Americas,
In countries everywhere
The people gather and the people sing
"Let Freedom Ring!"

See - here's the thing:
Freedom is the most important thing.

Let freedom ring!


A poem in honor of our City Daily Blogger colleague, Amir, from Tehran, Iran, who is missing in action.

Sunday, June 28, has been set aside to call attention to his plight.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants



25 comments:

Tash said...

Well done Jacob. Inspiring. I hope it is heard around the world.

Julie said...

So good Jacob, that you could express your feeling through your poetry. Pete Seeger would be right chuffed!!

I am so glad you posted on this special Theme Day. We want our blogger back. The world is watching.

Small City Scenes said...

Thank you! MB

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

Jacob, very nice remembrance for today to support the people of Iran and our fellow city daily photo blogger. It is hard to feel we are so helpless to help him

Hilda said...

Your poem is spot on, Jacob! Thank you.

Regardless of who won the election, regardless of race or beliefs, it is heartwarming to see so many people expressing their outrage at the violence being done by their own government to the people of Iran. I truly hope the violence ends soon.

m_m said...

Beautiful poem Jacob - thanks fot this!
m_m

Mo said...

A great image for todays theme

cieldequimper said...

Superb post Jacob. Thumbs up, have a wonderful Sunday.

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Jacob,
Such a touching post! Iran is a country that fascinates me so much for its rich history and many other things, it's a place I'd like to visit someday. And it's so sad that it's been ruled like this by a bunch of ruthless radicals!
Not many decades ago Brazil was also under a long lasting rule of military dictatorship till the time the country awoke to freedom! Hope our fellow Iranians are paving their way for it! My sympathies to them!
God bless you!
God bless Amir!
Cezar

B SQUARED said...

Nicely done, Jacob!

Vogon Poet said...

Thank you for this, Jacob!

Jarart said...

Wow, nice one Jacob.

Jim K said...

Great poem. Indeed, Let Freedom Ring.

JM said...

Wonderful words, Jacob! You've said it all!

Petrea said...

Well done! I'm so proud to be part of this creative, powerful group, who use their talents to speak out in so many artful ways.

James said...

Outstanding post.

JM said...

UPDATE 20h00 GMT:
Two friends, who have been giving news the whole week, have confirmed:
AMIR IS HOME NOW!

Jacob said...

Great news, JM! Thanks much!!!

Lois said...

Very moving post Jacob! So glad that he is home now.

tapirgal said...

I know the news now, he is home. All of the posts about freedom and freedom of speech have been very inspiring. I'm getting a little overwhelmed. Yours is truly heartfelt and nearly brought tears to my eyes reading it.

Jacob said...

Thank you all so much for your gentle and kind comments. I know that each of us is pleased and grateful that Amir has come safely home!

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Jacob: Thanks for stopping by to visit the metal-building church. Also, thanks for offering to help me with photoshop. Right now, I use iPhoto and haven't purchased photoshop.

Sad what is happening with Amir. Really glad to hear he is home. This blogging community is something. I heard it first HERE!!!

Kcalpesh said...

Nice Poem Jacob! Nice to hear Amir has safely reached home!

Mateo said...

I'm glad for your support. I'd like to make you aware of this video. Jump to 00:27:10 if you don't like to watch the whole video. I think this is what most western countries deny but it is all connected.

Shaun said...

Jacob... have a look at my blog again.... did you miss the children in my picture?... otherwise I need to do some cropping again... thanks for the visit btw!!!!

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson