Christina A. Sharik

THIS 4th OF JULY

This 4th of July
when you sit at the
picnic table
and enjoy a beer
or sweet iced tea,
and play ball or horseshoes
and watch the fireworks
in the sky –
Remember someone
who is serving far from home
and feels alone,
and has seen men die;
Please remember someone –
who sits in chains,
and drinks a cup of lukewarm
water –
who plays no games
whose only fireworks are the
stars that he can see.
Think of them,
and remember
that Freedom isn’t Free.