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In a world that makes war over what a few think life should be, one is faced with the ancient conundrum and perhaps more irony as to what it is all about. 

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    by Odin Roark

Liberation once stood up
Opened its eyes
Allowed light to reach parts unknown

Clinging remnants stirred
Aware to awaken
Might hasten inevitable evaporation
Inviting revelation 
Seldom welcome


How often this picture potential
This vagabond side
Wrestling local surroundings
Duplicitous people
Where one desperately reaches for the moment
That possible departure
From gasps of fearful need 
The challenge to travel over the line
Where becoming the past again
Lurks with voracious appetite

Difficult it is

To continue beyond
Seeking to live as we are
Knowing we’ve the possibility to become
Not as others would have us
But as innate truth might be dictating
Providing earned reward
For hopefully minimal surrender

At such a point
Sufficient pain and suffering 
Has made its impact
Readying one for the harvest
Of earned sacrifice
Affording limited
If not easy passage
Across boundaries heretofore prohibited


Unlike our feathered ancestors
Or our primate cousins
We often cling to that
Which freer instincts conquer

Ignorant that experience
Needn’t be harnessed
As drag-behind luggage
Our learned need to please
Furtively becomes an invisible habit


Liberation stands up often
But open eyes remain rare

The fear of light
Like the release from solitary
Or Plato’s cave
Where challenging silhouettes seem safe
Until one steps into searing heat
Proving reality’s shadow-light
Is not to be denied


When one is ready
Accepting the shaded past
Allows it be left behind as artifice
Knowing its temporary need
Has served its purpose

We create rebirth once again
Chasing childlike innocence 
Thinking this time
Tomorrow’s regretful baggage
Can be avoided

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