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The Rattle of Bones & Freedom of Flight

There will be times when life will rattle your bones
And bend you backwards, trying to break you in half
Yes, break you it will, if it can
Yet, my boy, I beg: stand your ground
When they try to rise against you, blow them down
This is why we fight
So that when we die we die free

Know this, son
The source of this rattling can come from the place you least expect
And say what they may, trying to break your will they are
Snap back with the sound of cannon
Declare you will to fight to the death
Cast off your fetters, be free, son

Then, let us see whose bones rattle
When we stand out ground, when we grind their prevarications into what they are
Show them who can fly like a bird and who ineptly shuffles after you in their self-imposed fetters

Fly home, son
I will protect you with every last ounce of blood
More importantly, we will rejoice in the casting of our chains, singing the song of freedom
Like eagles released from an aviary,
Flying to the highest heights we will fly, laughing all the way
Laugh the entire time we float on the free currents of the wind
That’s why we fight, boy-o:
For freedom, love, and laughter
We will experience it all
And when we do, life will rejoice with us

©01/12/11

The Rattle of Bones & Freedom of Flight

Rusty Gentry

Joined November 2007

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Many of the metaphors of this piece were inspired by The Decemberists, as yet unreleased CD, The King Is Dead.

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