Nonfiction · Poems · Prose

How Free?

Dripping ink on parchment,

the quill – the only thing I have left;

Family in brisk danger,

beloved betrothed to another;

A piece of paper – it all started,

tempted to rip it, tattered.

Though each breath numbered,

Blossoming freedom is all that matter.


Lines of verticals, all I see,

Each wall domineering o’er me.

A loaf of bread, I had to take,

In return, soul and body encaged.


Politics, selfies in every turn,

sins and stronghold –

let’s watch it burn.

Thoughts voiced and acted

no longer numbered.

Is it mere privilege

or a dutiful obligation?

Freedom is a fundamental need. It is so powerful that nations go to war for it. People engage in both despicable and heroic deeds to gain it. In the name of freedom we suffer, make sacrifices, and attempt to perform miracles. For freedom we are willing to lose everything and risk our lives, since no life really is one without freedom. – Daily Prompt

This prompt reminded me of this particular movie we saw on our subject Rizal (The course outline is on the life and works of the Philippine’s National Hero – Dr. Jose P. Rizal) I was reminded of all the things our ancestors had to do (sacrifice, even) to redeem our freedom.Β It also got me thinking about Les Miserables’ Jean Valjean, and how he lost his own freedom.

But more importantly, it made me realize how society celebrates this privilege (or obligation) . Are we taking it for granted? Do we truly have freedomΒ – physically, emotionally, spiritually?Β 

When does one gain complete freedom? Romans 8

Are you free? (Galatians 5:1)

Yes, I am.


13 thoughts on “How Free?

  1. Enjoyed your poem and the sentiments expressed … greatest freedom I’ve ever witnessed was the Tibetans who had endured decades of Chinese torture, really cruel stuff. They had true freedom, peace of mind – they still loved their torturers, no anger or hate even though their bodies had been crippling injuries.

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  2. Sad and beautiful poem.
    This line stuck out to me – “Politics, selfies in every turn”. The juxtaposition of ‘politics’ and ‘selfies’ emphasises how people are suffering, while others are living so carefree and just “watch it burn”. Just my take. But good job πŸ™‚

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  3. Your take is very interesting. When i read your explanation, it took me back to the time when our country (i’m supposing you’re also a Filipino :D) was completely not free. Although i’m not sure if we’re free yet. Anyway, this is really interesting. Thumbs up!

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