Freedom in Crisis

Thomas Provençal


Freedom in crisis 

by Thomas Provençal

It used to be our privacy 

was a big preoccupation, 

when government said it had no place 

in the bedrooms of the nation. 

Now we live confused and swamped 

in this age of information 

where individuality 

wrestles abdication. 

As crises sweeps humanity 

we are free to choose, 

within confines of culture, 

which human rights to lose. 

When our elected leaders 

create a fascist norm 

we’re conned, coerced and coddled 

and convinced we must conform. 

Yet, the freedom of an eagle 

as it soars above the heap 

is an experience of passion, 

unimagined by the sheep.