they said it was for freedom,1
when they sent us to kill
for imperialism;

they said it was for freedom,
when our families died;

they said it was for freedom,
when the children were shot
in schools, in malls, in their
homes;

they said it was for freedom,
as the drones dropped tonnage
after tonnage on villages;2

they said it was for freedom
to conduct the business
of owning other humans;

they say it is for freedom—
we've always known that word
to mean anything
but

 

we say it is for freedom
and we mean it3