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Captive

Though boiling seas and tempests swirl, though tossed and rocked in frenzy,                I am resolute and I am free; captive and hopeless on the breast                                 of this rudderless craft is NOT ME! ... I am not hopeless!                                                 I should shun the safety of land where I have been more captive -                       circled by those who would use more of my being, carve more of my soul                than these beasts who only wish for food. Were I to hail that distant ship              would they not return me to bondage? If freedom is the right to chose                     that which I might be restricted by, might I choose this, and at last                                 
                            - be FREE? 

Inspired by Winslow Homer's painting "The Gulf Stream"


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  1. Date: 1/25/2015 11:21:00 PM

    This is excellent work, Craig! Very thought provoking... Neither choice would gain me freedom, bit I would choose to be held captive on a ship at sea. If I were confined on a deserted island, there would be very little to see or do.
  1. Date: 1/25/2015 8:58:00 PM

    A most captivating write my friend.. Amazing interpretation with deep insight. A7 and at what price is --freedom?
  1. Date: 1/13/2015 10:17:00 PM

    I am captivated!
  1. Date: 1/12/2015 3:20:00 PM

    Hope you're warm & happy! Now I must go look at that picture! Light & Love
  1. Date: 1/12/2015 12:06:00 PM

    If I haven't told you, Craig, that you are one of my favorites poets, I am telling you now! This is a fantastic interpretation of Homer's The Gulf Stream...love this!
  1. Date: 1/11/2015 5:57:00 AM

    A wonderful read. I really enjoyed this exploration of the never ending quest for freedom.
  1. Date: 1/11/2015 12:03:00 AM

    Craig, powerful and emotive your poem rocks. Love how it ends as a question!
  1. Date: 1/10/2015 11:38:00 AM

    This poem has good originality, evoking emotions to make a consistent statement. Emile.
  1. Date: 1/10/2015 11:17:00 AM

    Outstanding write -- strong, passionate, and bold -- freedom indeed. I am off to explore this painting. All the best. 7, fav

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