Freedom

I walked the street to protest
That was me reaching out
to show you
how much I was struggling
to stay positive
when my rent is in arrears
the pantry is empty

You handed me a fine
for breaking the lockdown rule
that I can't afford to pay

I have been a good citizen
and a diligent tax payer
wanting no more than a simple life
Food on the table for my family
Education for my children
Work life balance is a luxury
that I have no demand

Freedom isn't something
that I take for granted
from where I came from
I knew oppression
I knew evil

Here, in the land
that is young and free
I didn't have much
But I had enough
I thought

It isn't enough
Now I know