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Freedom Reigns

"'Cause when your back's against the wall
That's when you show no fear at all
And when you're running out of time
That's when you hitch your star to mine
We won't be leaving by the same road that we came by"

~Keane - My Shadow Lyrics ~

------------------------------------------------------------ There is no celestial place for you to guide my thoughts Can you not see that I am free from you? I am a black bird perched high in the treetops You will hear my crowing and you may hate it But my dear, you cannot take away my voice! Yet still, as fire oppresses forests of life, You can abuse my freedom to find your glory You may discard these words for your love of gods, And in so doing you may simply ignore All the cries that I so passionately utter But my infectious species will guide your mind straight back To that once so lonely treetop where you merely glanced And there will be multitudinous, oppressing thoughts That shall enslave you and bind you unwillingly The crows will only grow louder when you turn away— When you pretend to ignore with your remaining, strangling pride For my voice is a production sent from above Dispatched to judge you pitilessly for your swelling lies! And the choirs of ferocious beaks shall open forever Harmony and dissonance as one

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  1. Date: 2/10/2014 6:05:00 PM
    Awesome.... SKAT

  1. Date: 1/11/2014 5:19:00 PM
    Great winning lyrical work that you have penned..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 1/10/2014 1:49:00 PM
    A very beautiful and great write my dear friend Laura. Soo enjoyed and I love it. Thank you so much for sharing! My hearty congratulations on your top win! love lots and biggest hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 1/8/2014 11:18:00 PM
    What a lovely poem and a fine win. Congrats on the win, Laura

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  1. Date: 8/20/2013 5:50:00 PM
    Your poem was great and very expressive no extra explainations has a soft and pleasant flow.

  1. Date: 8/14/2013 1:27:00 PM
    Wow! A whole different look at crows for me. Nice! :o) Very deep and meaningful.

  1. Date: 8/13/2013 2:38:00 PM
    - A poem that gives me a lot of different emotions, gives me something to think about .... well done Laura! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 8/13/2013 11:18:00 AM
    moving with defined purpose, as if knowing that freedom is one's birthright... you stir me with this stunning write, laura!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 8/13/2013 3:28:00 AM
    This is a fantastic poem--of course. Once again you show how truly brilliant you can pen words and make them flow together like magic. Keep it up and don't ever stop :) ~Becca

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 9:43:00 PM
    Never stop singing little bird. Blessings, Carl

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 8:28:00 AM
    The beauty of poems like this is that they do not supply all the information needed to construct a complete picture of what has happened. There are so many numerous interpretations that it allows me to project my own experience into it. It's a bit like going to an amusement park and going on a fantastic ride. Thanks.

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 5:16:00 PM
    This last sentence in Duke Beaufort's remarks says it all... "you do it with such grace and skill that I must hold you in awe" EXACTLY big warm hugs from the heart xoxox

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 8:26:00 AM
    Also, when you mentioned that we will not be leaving by the same road we came by, there are elements of personal relationships but also of life itself. I just think that you are challenging accepted theological norms considering our souls, and I love it. I am with you on this point, but you do it with such grace and skill that I must hold you in awe!

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 8:21:00 AM
    I have read this several times--this is my interpretation. In the first stanza someone ignores the reality of nature/truth for worship of power. In the second stanza, the truth and forces of nature come back as they always will and do. I think this is what we are facing as a society. If this is not what you meant, then I still love it! You write at a very high metaphysical level in a wonderful way. Birds are great metaphors. I am reminded how they are used in films and literature.

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 5:57:00 AM
    Interesting work that you have penned..Enjoyed reading it today..Crows that caw and Blackbirds that sing in large flocks atop those trees...Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 8:26:00 PM
    "And the choirs of ferocious beaks shall open forever Harmony and dissonance as one" Brilliant. Very powerful. I am in awe. Kilmer

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 7:09:00 PM
    fearless, confident piece well clear ownership of self-worth...:) huggs!