Independent Mind

Written for: Poets United Midweek Motif~Independence

Many of our countries have holidays that celebrate gaining independence from foreign rule, and many of us also have rites–formal and informal–related to gaining independence.  Some of these are about our countries and ~ more importantly ~ some of these are about us as individuals and members of groups.
What is your experience of independence?
How might you describe independence to someone who has never encountered it?
How are your beliefs about independence reflected in how you see nature?
Or vice versa: How is your view of nature reflected in your beliefs about independence?

Your Challenge: Let your new poem answer one of the four questions above.

Poets praise, raise the bar
with lettered thoughts. An ode,
a sonnet, or free verse scattered
about a page can elicit joy,
tears, yearning, anger, outrage.
Freedom to write with no wrong
or right. Ink dancing on blank
sheets. Your mind is unique,
even those words you choose
not to speak.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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6 Responses to Independent Mind

  1. Susan Chast says:

    Amen, amen. Thank you for these words, this independence!


  2. Sherry Marr says:

    Lovely to read you, in the midst of your cross-country move. I hope life is wonderful in your new place.


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