Treasure Island

Mohabeer Beeharry

(23 November 1937 / Mauritius)

He was born free


He was born free a long time ago
When his mind and body were young.
He loved the village lanes
And the busy market towns.
He loved the river walks, the trees and the wild lakes,
The secret haunts of the mountains.
There he created dreams and destroyed them in thousands.
There it was where his dreams grew wings;
Like the frolicsome morning shadows,
He raced the breeze to the foot of the hills.
He flew to the gilt land of moonbeams
And bathed in the mellow lakes of sunshine.
There he rode the fast wind horses to the clouds,
Free from prejudices and dogmas.
Like the birds in the trees, he was free,
Free to sing the songs close to his heart,
To fly and plane dangerously in the wind
And dare the vehemence of enigmatic storms.
Who cares what the books say?
As long as his mind was free to dare and explore
And bring home sweet treasures,
Untarnished by short-minded confinements.
But since, he has lost his freedom,
Gradually circumvented by inveterate bookish weeds.
He was imprisoned by many a belief and superstition
He would rather live behind prison bars
With his mind free to wonder and wander
Free to love
To reason and to understand
Than his body free to rove
And his heart and mind condemned to vegetate in educated darkness.

Submitted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Edited: Friday, September 06, 2013

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  • Bri Edwards (9/23/2013 1:39:00 AM)

    Than his body free to rove.............especially without punctuation or brackets, i had trouble at first understanding this line. if you had have in front of body i might have understood sooner. i score it a good to very good. (Report) Reply

  • Jahan Zeb (7/30/2013 10:45:00 AM)

    Very deep and sentimental. I liked the imagery behind the poem. You gave it a nice start. A poem that has a start and an end. The last line is amazing. (Report) Reply

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