What Does Freedom Mean?

Yasher Koach to JCHS Sophomore Anna D., whose poem was published in the Forward's Youth Essay Contest. The Forward asked middle and high school students to submit essays, short stories and poems on the topic “What It Means To Be Free.” 

To be free is
to have option
in every decision.
To dress,
and speak,
and pray,
and live,
how I choose.

To be free is
to think without boundaries.
To not have thoughts and opinions
forced on me from the day I am born,
ground into me by those in power,
ensuring that they will forever take the shape of a
perfect little box with a ribbon on top,
with no room to grow.

To be free is
to see my life as a canvas,
which I can paint with endless possibility.
To have opportunity,
regardless of my roots,
or how much money I have in the bank.

To read the rest of Anna's poem, visit the Forward website.
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