Defining Freedom

I rarely write poetry. It’s not my thing; prose is. But recently in a workshop, the facilitator challenged the group to write a poem about freedom. There were a couple caveats. 

First, he asked that we offer words we associated with freedom. The group’s were unchained, liberation, prosperity, peace, truth, joyful, death, loose, wellness, un-encumbered, mobility, love, openness, justice, control. Secondly, we were asked to pen a poem about freedom not using the word itself or any of the words we associate with it to paint a picture of freedom. (A game of poetry Taboo, if you will.) “We often describe freedom as what it’s not,” he said. He asked us to paint a picture of what it is. 

My “picture” is below.

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God’s breath tickles the back of necks
Awakened by asong divine
Vulnerability is honored
The safety of exposure affirmed by
Sunlight caressing the shadows of hurt

Oh, come now to this place of calm
Stand up, turn around
Answering questions, questioning answers
That is where wholeness abounds

God’s breath tickles the back of necks
Awakened by a song divine
Vulnerability is honored
The safety of exposure affirmed by
Sunlight caressing the shadows of hurt

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~ by MsInklination on August 24, 2014.

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