Colin F. Jones

THE CRIMSON MOAT OF FREEDOM

Serve thee thy freedom in thy armour clad,
For freedom must inside a prison rest,
Lest it become with lack of it as bad,
As life sure was before its victories quest.
Freedom then must have such thick walls set
To let that not within gain from without
A trespass which might nurture ill regret,
And fester treasons in the once devout.
Liberty gained is due to battles won,
The freedom from it kept by righteous war,
A soldier’s duty in peacetime is never done,
For they must guard freedom’s open door.
The crimson moat of freedom serves the peace
That the memories of our sacrifices never cease.