Sherouk Salama

Rookie - 21 Points (June 20 1989 / Egypt)

Free - Poem by Sherouk Salama

I've always known how to spell (free)
Piece of cake, Can't you see? !
But I've never realized that to be free
I had to push away the dark debris;
That's of hopelessness, oppression and misery
out of my way so I'd be able to see
The true meaning of the word FREE.

Free isn't just a word so easily spelled;
It's a way of life that requires sacrifice.
It's a light that shines within
It's the very basic and vital sign,
That proves I'm still alive.

Maybe I seem burdened, sad and angry,
Maybe my vital sign isn't easily seen
But that doesn't mean I'm dead
I'll always remember the day
When I lived the word free
When I pushed away the debris.
That memory won't be taken away from me,
As it's deep in my heart and my soul,
And my soul will forever be free.

Topic(s) of this poem: freedom

Form: Lyric

Comments about Free by Sherouk Salama

  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/27/2016 4:14:00 PM)

    Hello, Sherouk, if interested, you might join our new editorial project: ''POETRY AGAINST INEQUALITY ''.. Let me know


    - DEADLINE: February 20,2016

    - 1 POEM (in English) of maximum 25 lines;

    - SUBJECT: 'INEQUALITY' as it is described in the OXFAM Report 2016 (released on Jan.18)


    - abut Oxfam report [ Inequality ]:

    As Oxfam says, the 'explosion' in the wealth of the super-rich has come at the expense of the majority and particularly the poorest people. A key trend is the falling share of national income going to workers in almost all developed and most developing countries. And the majority of low paid workers around the world are women. Tax havens, used by the rich and multinational companies, are fuelling economic inequality and preventing hundreds of millions of people lifting themselves out of poverty. In such a context, hundreds of millions of people go hungry while resources that could be used to help them are sucked up by those at the top of the wealth-piramid.

    To reverse all above:
    - workers have to be paid a living wage;
    - the gap with executive rewards to be narrowed;
    - end to the gender pay gap;
    - compensation for unpaid care;
    - promotion of equal land and inheritance rights for women (in many parts of the world women have no rights!) :
    - governments have to take action on lobbying;
    - reducing the price of medicines;
    - taxing wealth rather than consumption;
    - using progressive public spending to tackle inequality.
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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