Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday – “Complexity of Freedom”
(posted by Bjorn)
“I would like you to think about both the benefits and the cost of your freedom. Take an example of choices you made to limit or expand your freedom. Are there cases where you have entered the cage, or where you limit your freedom to benefit others.”
Freedom doesn’t fly in without exacting a price. I became
close friends with a coworker. We had hilarious times,
serious times, and even frightening times.
With a company takeover, we were forced to seek new employment.
We stayed in contact, met when we could. Down the road
I noticed that I had become her sounding board; she made
the only sounds. She loved conversations about how
depressing life was. A short while later, I went through
a tough time, and needed her support. She was not there.
I ended our friendship, and still feel I did the right thing
for my happiness and freedom. Sometimes nostalgia noses in,
and I miss our fun, younger selves. That is my cost.
in spring they blossomed
two trees standing side by side
after lightning strike