“Why should I walk around a slave
when there is plenty of space
for me to roam and live a free life
without being supervised
or directed in the manner
another man requires?
Why should I be under you
when I can paint my sky blue
in the way and manner I choose to
and fill it up with birds that coo?
I cant be your slave for no reason
I cant sell my freedom for no price
I am a free man
and choose to maintain my stand.
If your offers
are in exchange for my freedom
then you had better not offered.”
In support of “The Thursday Poets rally”
Published: September 2010
31 thoughts on “A freeman once said…”
Passionately hewn words. Well done.
gonna send this to my mom
one’s freedom should never be compromised. love or friendship should be offered without any condition at all. well done (as always), emmanuel! please keep on writing. =)
Oh yes, why would we change for others. It is a part of freedom – to be who we want to be. Nice one 🙂
a quote comes to mind:
“We’re our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.”
I struggle with the awareness t hat often I am the one who actually made me a prisonor when I feel locked in my little mind box…but I am also the liberator. This poem brought all this up! wow!
Thanks for sharing
bang on last lines !!! great poem !
Yeah Freedom! great poem 🙂
Why should anybody be a slave to others in any way shape or form? Everybody should be paid/rewarded for work they do; everyone should have the freedom to be free and appreciate the world around them. Love the voice in this poem – very strong indeed xx
Great poem about freedom; I enjoyed this one.
Its interesting and I liked reading ti… and thanks for sharing…
ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
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If we can only be free from the limitations we put on ourselves…Beautifully written!
What a way to write a poem.. beauitfully written.. Loved it..
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Amazing to read.. the free spirited nature’s sound was so loud and clear.. Great work my friend- I loved this- Why should I be under you?//when I can paint my sky blue//in the way and manner I choose to//and fill it up with birds that coo.
A great subject, beautifully written. Well done you!
so so lovely, this one 🙂 freedom is very valuable for sure 😀
freedom is a dream for all in the world.
your image is perfect for your words.
thanks for the participation!
Happy Rally week 29.
Wonderful! Freedom is the key you got it 😛
Well said, Emmanuel. Wonderful poetry.
I hope you don’t mind, I added you to my blog roll.
Yes, offers are never worth the abandonment of freedom!
‘Í have a dream that my four little children will someday live in a nation where there will not be judged by their skin colour but by the content of their character’ – Martin Luther King Jnr.
You just said the same thing man!!! THE BIGGEST LESSON ONE OUGHT TO LEARN!
love this – such true words – and sometimes we sell way under price..
I love this…I feel the same….
whoever he is, he sounds just like me 🙂
awesome poem emmanuel.
Wonderful to be free and paint the sky blue..such a strong statement….I loved it my lovely Em. Love this new outlay of your page…it feels so good to be here. Hugs across the ocean 🙂 xxxx
u r so very supportive…
it is a week after today.
as always, I appreciate your contribution,
no Rally this week, but next week.
Ah, Emmanuel– it is good to have you back, my friend. A strong and true verse!