I Am Free


I was born in the land of the free,

But am I really?

Freedom is an illusion put forth by those

Who would create unrest in the world.

I can do this, I can do that.

Does that make me free?

In my small context, I guess it does.

As long as I don’t reach the bounds

Of my little world,

I am free. What happens when I

Hit that wall? The wall of, “Thou shalt not”.

Ok, I am kind of free…more so than some.

I am aware of the illusion

I can live with that you see,

Because in my mind, I am free.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Take away the politicians, are we not all free? It is the political boundaries imposed on us by our leaders that determine how "free" we really are. Then there are the moral boundaries imposed by religious edicts that narrow those freedoms the more. Just some thoughts from way out there.

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Karyn Indursky's picture

What's really funny to me is after I read the title of this piece, I was already thinking of a debate of whether or not we're truly free. Then, I read this piece and found you agreeing with me. There went my debate, but gained is my awe. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work and insight.

jgupta's picture

Actually freedom is a state of mind, if that is what you mean through your poetry?