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(November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

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Freedom of Love

The freedom of a sparrow is the air under it's wings
The freedom of the wild horse is the plains...recede
The freedom of choice is the choice not made
The freedom in love is knowing you had no more to give

Winter is ending and I am looking ahead
Even when winter has one foot in the grave
winter is not a stave

A sparrow without love is a sparrow without feathers
...and cannot fly

A wild horse without love is a horse without a plain
...and cannot run

A choice without love is reckless
...and bound to be wrong

Love knowing you held back leaves you
...little to hang on

Submitted: Monday, March 11, 2013


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  • Heather Wilkins (8/11/2013 8:36:00 PM)

    you have excelled writing this poem. love must be shown for someone to love in return. But sometimes love is a one way street and that just doesn't work. 10

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  • $arah Pillai (4/19/2013 9:48:00 AM)

    First step to happiness, learn to love yourself. If you value yourself, only then can you place value on other relantionships. Love, an important element that you can judge the quality of your life. Scrimping on love does not leave you happy (if anything else!) As you said, Love knowing you held back leaves you...little to hang on. Beautiful writing, thumbs up!

  • Hans Vr (4/5/2013 10:03:00 PM)

    A lot of valuable wisdom expressed and the images of the horse and sparrow are very well chosen.
    Agree very much with the wonderful message inside.
    Excellent poem

  • Ellias Anderson (4/4/2013 3:16:00 PM)

    Freedom of love. kind of nice title. i like to give an idea about the line: The freedom in love is knowing you had no more to give
    i agree with you dear Thomas. a real lover is a person who lost him or her self in the way of reaching his or her love. the lover is free of everything he or she doesn't think about loosing anything because he or she wants to be one the part of the love. so, i can say that there is a beautiful freedom in love
    well done Thomas

  • Aldrich Suarez (4/1/2013 5:10:00 AM)

    To give freedom is to give love.. to put a bird in a cage cannot make love but hatred.

  • Hazel Durham (3/28/2013 9:07:00 AM)

    A broad outlook of how we all need love to sustain our inner need for joy, truth and romance to connect with freedom of love in all its splendour!
    Great write!

  • Paul Brookes (3/24/2013 5:17:00 AM)

    Beautiful, such deep richness here Words from the wise.................BB : O)

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (3/21/2013 2:39:00 AM)

    You have amplified and simplified Love in your Freedom of Love! A fascinating poem indeed ! !

  • Diane Hine (3/20/2013 7:29:00 PM)

    Love in its broadest form - the urge to strive shared by all sentient creatures.

  • Kelvin Owusu (3/19/2013 1:39:00 AM)

    meaningful piece of poetry, an excellent write

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