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Not at Liberty
by Dawn Richerson

Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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BOUND,
you say
you are
to terms
imposed
on you
that day
you cut me loose,
let me go.

You walked
head held high
right past me,
confined
already
in a cell
of unknowing
where I remain
BOUND,
not at liberty.

Years now Ė
Iíve had
few visitors
here on the
lockdown ward.

They say
itís not
temporary,
you argued for
life
imprisonment
when judge
and jury
convened
behind
closed doors
without me,
defendant of an
unnamed crime
unwelcome,
not at liberty
to hear
charges
levied
against me
by unknown
accusers.

The facts
scream at me,
bounce off
these four walls
that keep truth out
and hold silence
that is my hell in.

The facts say
those handcuffs
you wear are
mere illusion,
a tool intended
for your own
protection.

The facts say
you are afraid
of truth
and LOVE
and me,
and I must
accept
my sentence
without complaint
and forget you,
the one
to whose heart
my own is
BOUND.

But I am
BOUND
by hope
and
not at liberty
to let go
of LOVE.

It is the
only thing
I can
recall
at all
and
I wish it
for the world
and for myself.

And most of all,
I wish LOVE
for you,
BOUND,
not at liberty.

May
freedom
shake our worlds
and forgiveness
tumble down
like waterfalls
of grace.

May we both
be at liberty
again,
restored to
right relationship
and reconciled
to the hard work
of harmony.

May
all peoples
everywhere
build bridges
and tear down
towers of division
and prisons of degradation.

May
there be none
who walk free
but feel BOUND,
not at liberty.

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Reviewed by jude forese 10/12/2004
luv the flow and the intensity of a very liberated perspective ...
Reviewed by Al Swanson (Reader) 10/12/2004
good and hard hitting Dawn, liked the part about wishing them love though, al
Reviewed by Rosemarie Yusen (Reader) 10/12/2004
those handcuffs you wear are mere illusion a tool intended for your own protection; Not at liberty to let go of love. To me these two
statements sum up the entity of this out pouring. And I definately
feel poured on-But I don't mind.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/12/2004
Splendid plea for liberty,which should be the right
of us all. So sad when we let ourselves become bound.
it is another story when it is not our doing. In any
case we should always strive towards freedom of our
own soul unbound by anyone else except He who gave
it to us! Superb Poem, Dawn!
Reviewed by Susan Barton (Reader) 10/12/2004
I love the imagery of love and craziness intertwined
Reviewed by Deborah Richards 10/12/2004
dawn, can i say this is great, each line have such depth.

nice read
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/12/2004
Marvelous poem, Dawn; awesome ending.
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 10/12/2004
Got me thinking
Reviewed by Lori Moore 10/12/2004
Wonderful thoughts.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/12/2004
(((dawn)))

haunting, powerful lines--especially loved,

"...may
all peoples
everywhere
build bridges
and tear down
towers of division
and prisons of degradation..."

may it be so. amen.

excellent write, dawn!

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)
Reviewed by Sue Hess 10/12/2004
excellent



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