Freedom is a habit

and a coat worn

some born to wear it

some never to know it.

Freedom is cheap

or again as a garment

is so costly

men pay their lives

rather than not have it.

Freedom is baffling;

men having it often

know not they have it

till it is gone and

they no longer have it.

What does this mean?

Is it a riddle?

Yes, it is first of all

in the primers of riddles.

To be free is so-so:

you can and you can't:

 walkers can have freedom

only by never walking

away their freedom:

runers too have freedom

unless they overrun:

eaters have often outeaten

their freedom to eat

and drinkers overdrank

their fine drinking freedom.