Jesse Ellsbury

(March 23,1982 / Washington D.C.)

Liberty Starts As A Virtue


I have been thrust
formless
into a void, with a door
behind me
that has been shut.

Furies and banshees howl delirious,
cursed by the past
with an invisible future
like kittens
without a cat.

I have been warned not to stare
into the abyss
by men who are wiser than me,
but I’m engulfed by nothing,
while everything else remains free.

Liberty starts as a virtue
but rots to a vice,
eaten slowly as small yet not lonely
clouds of brilliance
shining in a vacuum between water and ice.

Only time will tell if Heaven or Hell
will form
on the firmament of tabula rasa,
but mi casa
nonetheless shall be su casa, as well.

Submitted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

About trying to survive in an alien place.

Comments about this poem (Liberty Starts As A Virtue by Jesse Ellsbury )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Dickinson

239

"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—"Heaven" is—to Me!

...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet John Burroughs

 

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]