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Saving Grace

by Anthony Lane Stahlhut (Age: 57)
copyright 12-31-2004

Age Rating: 4 +
Saving Grace

What price is the cost for freedom?
How much are you willing to pay?
Some made the ultimate sacrifice,
to give us our freedom today.

We sent them to fight our battles,
we asked them to pay the cost.
All were affected in some way,
some of thier lives were lost.

You ask if it all is worth it,
Could there have been another way?
But you can't put off till tomorrow,
what you must get done today.

I did not send my daughter.
She made the decision to leave.
Freedom for all God's children,
is something that we must believe.

God also sent his son,
to make the world a better place.
In the end it cost him his life,
and we pray for his saving grace.

So I ask what's the price for freedom,
and whether we should or should not?
My children gave me the answer,
to be free you must give all you've got.

For freedom doesn't mean anything,
if you turn and cover your face.
You must stand up for what you believe,
and pray for his saving grace.

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        05-23-2008     Frank Fields        

It is this kind of thinking, these kinds of presentations, that, though seemingly simple and over-done, is the kind of thinking that all men who would be truly free, must recognize and have the courage to embrace, if they will truly defend us from anything that threatens.

There will always be two sides to any debate, to any argument, in our society of Man that when freedoms are defended, allows those two sides to argue and to debate.

History has proven the value, or lack of it, to any form of government except our democratic ideals. And the necessity to, when called, defend those ideals.

I apologize for removing my comments from the arena of a critique, but perhaps that's what good writing is all about--the inspiration of ideas to the point where they must be voiced.

Frank :)

        03-11-2005     Walter Jones        

In life we live to see more than today, we live through our vision of tomorrow, we live in our children, each piece is laid carefully down as our are words, no one man can atone for another only a God, no greater gift has a man than to lay his life down so that another may live. In this world we are gift to the next. I pray for your daughter, more for you, excellent write.. Walt

        02-25-2005     Mary -BrytEyz- Ball        

I have my own opinions of war, as we all do. I also have my opinion on your ability to write what you feel and believe with seeming ease. Brave. :-)

        01-31-2005     James Shammas        

Beatifully said! You capture the essence of the need to be what God meant us to be even if that decision is imperfect and malleable.


        01-13-2005     Roger Crique        

This is a wonderful and patriotic piece. The imagery was clear and the flow was continuous. I like the sense of responsibility exhibited in this poem. Whether or not we agree with our President's decision to go to war, we must show to the world that we can follow through. This piece is a great example of that. Great write, Anthony!

        01-01-2005     Andrew Findlay        

I believe in freedom. I agrre the price is never too high for freedom. Unfortunately, our governments seem to believe that freedom is something which can be redefined. We are all aware that recent events have brought this issue to light. When the government starts to keep track of what books we take out of the library, we know we are in trouble!
Great poem! I only wish our governments felt the same way and honored the freedom that so many have died for.

        12-31-2004     Jack Curson        

Excellent write. Will the price for freedom ever be paid? Are we truely free? Keep up the good work.

        12-31-2004     SamiJo Mcquiston        

This is a great poem, I love what it's saying.
I personally belive that the price of freedom will never be to high for me.
Keep up the good work.

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