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Nellie Isabelle Steward Cooper

Youngstown, Ohio
Nellie Isabelle Steward Cooper
Youngstown, Ohio
Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bondage Or Freedom

The safety of uncaringness

The encrypted loneliness
The circumscribed movements
All within the known arena

The small perfections
Exacted as a ritual

The votive offerings
Of cakes and ale
So lavishly enjoyed

The obscure tenderness
That make the fingertips
Follow the shape of things

It twas a sort
Of frozen love

Not what she
Would have chosen
Had life been kind

But many more than one
Know but one freedom:

Bondage!

Or she be free to choose:
This was the freedom of bondage

Whose flavor is regret
Nellie Isabelle Steward Cooper
Topic(s) of this poem: ballad,loneliness
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
being alone together one again
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