A revelation came to me as daylight dawned,
A revolution in my mind that rose and spawned,
Of restitution to those stripped with sharpened prong,
For list of lives affected by our age.

A time must come when citizens must call the bluff,
A time when we must sling our arms and roll the cuff,
A time to say to those who press, enough’s enough,
To break our bonds and cave the door of cage.

A rebel’s born from vain attempt to heed a law
That’s carved by crazed and corrupt men with opened maw
That swallows to enrich itself while others crawl:
Men, hear! It’s time for us to turn the page.

A people must wrest out that rule which crumples poor,
Which stands like castle on a mound behind barred door,
That reeks injustice from its walls to very core,
So choose to live as free or live as slaves!

Eric M. Vogt
Copyright 2017

(Photo: Lexington Green, the site of “The shot heard ‘round the world” on April 19, 1775.)