The Liberty Dreamer


Envision freedom as a circle spanning three hundred and sixty degrees


And sitting at the circle’s center you are at liberty to swivel and tilt at will


Mesmerized by the seemingly limitless opportunities that beckon


Within each degree a fountainhead suffused with vocation


And you are at liberty to choose among many choices


Without incarceration, custody or constraint


A path imbued and pregnant with destiny


And though you must endure sacrifice to excel


Born to love and felicity


The only obstacle before you


Is to leap without reservation along a path already foreordained with peace and prosperity




Such liberties remain the preserve of kings and queens, lords and noblemen


And few among us inherit such glory


And you are not among them


Your pitiful birthright barely spans a degree of opportunity


And you will always peer into the warm from the cold outside


A swaddling cast upon a landscape of turgid black-peppered earth


A pauper not a prince, an enslaved soil tiller not a king


A birthright so pitiful you barely command a grain of sand from deserts sweeping so vast


Nor can you imbibe a single drop of water from oceans wet and ebbing


Bound by societal chains, suppression, racism and misogyny


A destiny hijacked and shackled to invisible nemesis


And after endless toil you are overcome by exhaustion and lassitude


Your subaltern fate draws ever nearer


A sheaf waiting for the sickle




Sudden like a stowaway


Escaping from a labyrinth of barricaded opportunity


A solitary voice breaches the ramparts of darkness without supplication


A message so powerful and pure it radiates outwards across the universe


Into hearts that have long ceased to yearn


And woebegone souls that have long ceased to dream


And awaking from your poverty induced stupor


Freedom becomes your final act of rebellion from mental slavery


And with the liberty dreamer now awakened within you


You possess the key to a circle of opportunity suffused with vocation



By Peter J. Middlebrook

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