There are two interesting poems (Tagore's Where the mind is without fear' and A Mysterious Marriage by Freedom Nyamubaya - Zimbabwe) on the idea of 'Freedom'. As and when we celebrate 'The Independence Day', these poems ring the bells of our conscience. These ringing chimes pierce the soul when we read the stories of life of young students on University campuses.
After reading this (This Independence Day, Here's To The Students Fighting For Freedom: From Delhi To Pondicherry), we can feel the truth of this poem:
Once upon a time
there was a boy and a girl
forced to leave their home
by armed robbers.
The boy was Independence
The girl was Freedom.
While fighting back, they got married.
After the big war they went back home.
Everybody prepared for the wedding
Even the disabled felt able.
The whole village gathered waiting
Freedom and Independence
But Freedom was not there.
An old woman saw Freedom’s shadow passing,
Walking through the crowd, Freedom to the gate.
Independence is now a senior bachelor
A lot still say it was a fake marriage.
You can’t be a husband without a wife.
Fruitless and barren Independence staggers to old
Since her shadow, Freedom, hasn’t come."
And our deep cravings for what Rabindranath Tagore said in this poem flares up, once agian: