At A Cost

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

Haibun Monday – Complexity of Freedom

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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5 Responses to At A Cost

  1. SMILes For LoVE
    iT iS A
    the most DArK
    who is LiGHT oF Free..
    And that mY FriEnd is A Most FortuNate one..:)


  2. Sarah Ann says:

    That’s a poignant piece. Friendships are complex things, and not always very even handed. An interesting look at freedom.


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