Caged Freedom

Freedom

~*~*~

Moving further away from reality,
The grass is no longer green
Or even a golden brown
Like the drop of apathy
Hanging heavy on the pavement.
There is no other side to look forward to
It has been embezzled by the present
And turned to a pile of rotting tomatoes
The show must go on
Though no one can remember
The last time it had been watched.

Illusions, the dearest of illusions,
Like shackles tying down the thoughts
Only wanting to pry free and elope
With the earliest breeze traveling to the north.
Where the hills rise up from the ground,
And the snow never melts,
Where rare crystal streams remind us of nature,
And what it is to be close to reality,
The same reality we have hidden
Behind grey buildings and tarred roads.

Eccentricity runs through the nerves
That brought to life these very words
But I am not afraid to be who I am.
In cages one is expected to live
Told tall tales about pseudo freedom
Garnished with lies and hypocrisy,
A friend today, a stranger tomorrow,
Only because one made the gravest mistake
Of being what they really believed in.
Then they tell me I can be free
Provided I follow the norms of society.

They can keep their freedom, tied up in a cage,
While I let mine roam the blue skies
For there is nothing wrong
With having different desires
And expectations from life
Than what billions before me have wanted.
Must I follow in the footsteps of the elders,
Who have left this world in ruins?
Maybe they can tie me, handcuff me to the walls
But my Spirit cannot be broken
My thirst for freedom cannot be quenched.
For I am not wrong, I just see things differently.

~*~*~

I guess I am greatly influenced by the movie, “Into the Wild”, and of course the soundtrack. There is a song which was especially on my mind, “Guaranteed”, somehow the lyrics affect me in ways I cannot describe.


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7 thoughts on “Caged Freedom”

  1. “For I am not wrong, I just see things differently.” – that is profound and I wish more people could see things from that perspective.

    Eddie Vedder’s voice is amazing and always moves me. Jon Krakauer’s life ended much too soon.

  2. very beautiful and wise.

    A friend today, a stranger tomorrow,
    Only because one made the gravest mistake
    Of being what they really believed in.
    Then they tell me I can be free
    Provided I follow the norms of society.

    there are so many thought provoking portions in this poem.

  3. The song was very good, thanks for sharing, the guy has amazing voice and I liked the guitar sounds very much!

    The same reality we have hidden
    Behind grey buildings and tarred roads…

    and so much of reality is really hidden the way you described …

  4. I enjoyed this immensely but these lines

    A friend today, a stranger tomorrow,
    Only because one made the gravest mistake
    Of being what they really believed in.

    JUST AMAZING!!! There aren’t real friends anymore, well maybe because I do move every year or so lol and most times they tell you “just be you” and then they crucify you for it, ouch!!! 😦

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