An albatross

Freedom is a choice —
it’s either buoy or burden,
a gift to give or
loot to take.
Freedom is an albatross
you either follow
to lead you shorebound
or shoot and tie around your neck
to save yourself
at the expense of others.

Today De hosts the Quadrille at dVerse. Write a poem in exactly 44 words that has to include the word free in any form. Join us at 9 PM when the bar opens.

September 11, 2017

26 responses to “An albatross

  1. I keep reading and re-reading and thinking hard. The first part is straightforward, the second far less so…

  2. Oh, this is interesting. I was struggling with thoughts along these lines, but couldn’t articulate them into a poem. I like this very much. Albatrosses are bloody big birds, they would be a massive burden. Let’s hope we can fly with them, instead.

  3. I had to read this several times and for so many freedom seems to fall between more than two stools – yet everyone can choose internal freedom when they are strong enough.

  4. How fitting that you have paired the illustration from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with a song by Sting!
    I like the metaphor ‘Freedom is an albatross

    to lead you shorebound
    or shoot and tie around your neck’.
    A favourite poem of mine that I loved to teach – lots of scope for drama and multi-media activities.

  5. An interesting perspective. You, so often, give me pause Björn. I suspect that must be one of the marks of a good poet … if such a list exists somewhere (though thus far, I have not found one … just good poetry, when I find it.)

  6. Fascinating concept – you’ve given me food for thought indeed. I used to recite The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, until my children indicated that they were not that impressed…

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