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I remember when we danced

I remember when we played

I remember the moment it went astray

The loss of freedom to just be alive

The loss of freedom to scream or cry

A loss of self as we tried to fit in

A loss of freedom was found within

 

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At class reunions, people

At class reunions, people should sign each others' yearbooks with this poem.  In a few short lines, and a very conversational style, you address past, present and future; you address problems that are similtaneously political, social, and personal; and you demonstrate the art of empathy at which we could all (especially myself) could do better at.  This is one of the most important poems I have ever read at postpoems; but, even moreso, in my nearly forty-eight years (as of this coming spring) of reading poetry, this is one of the most personally important poems I have ever read.  This poem does exactly what Dante and John Milton thought that real poetry did---it conveys both verbal beauty and practical wisdom.  And though the remembering, in the poem, is done in the first person singular, the events remembered are described in the first person plural, using the simple word, "we."  In the last four years, our society has shifted from "We" to "I" and we have forgotten that there is no "i" in "us" or in the abbreviation of our nation's name, U.S.  We must remember that Innkeeper Trump is and has been a real estate invenstor; and investing for profit (and investing has an "I" as its initial letter) has always been more about enriching the "I" rather than sharing with "We/Us" while, very often, attempting to subtract the "We" from "Us" and banishing it to "Them" so that "Us" can be against "Them" as in the many divisions that the Innkeeper has caused to this nation.

 

Your poem is a beautiful, salutary, artistic, skillful and poignant antidote to the attitude that the Innkeeper has promoted among us.


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Wow

Thank you so much! I read this to my mother. 


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I feel very honored by that

I feel very honored by that compliment, and my greetings to your mother.


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:)

She too is a poet with knowledge of the classic writings like you are. She loved your review. Thank you. It made her proud.


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Thank you for telling me

Thank you for telling me that.  Are her poems available somewhere?


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State of Mind

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Freedom, a dream for millions earth-wide, to eat, to remain alive. To see peace in a flower petal or find flight in a restng robin or gull. Out among friends or with new acquaintences temporarily blocked, reading and writing broad spectrm topics is a path to freedom too. The Donnie will be free in 11 days. And so will we. :D

 

 

 



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Freedom!!!

I strive to one day find a sense of freedom within my own skin. Like, when I was 6.


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20 As The Ultimate

Free year for me! I had hormones then. but fewer resources in college. Living post school was the start of work  and freedom died until 2008 RETIREMENT! :D

 



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I feel

I feel part free. Nothings free but I have more freedom to do less. That is really a blessing. 


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