Nellie Isabelle Steward Cooper

Veteran Poet - 1,668 Points (4 September 1915 - 14 April 2005 / Youngstown, Ohio)

In Pursuit Of Freedom - Poem by Nellie Isabelle Steward Cooper

If a mind! ! !

What mind? ? ?

(you whisper
a curious and plaintive plea)

that mind over there
just beyond the next horizon
of impending doom and despair

as it scuds blissfully thence-from here to there
without torturous-nagging doubt or lurking-calamity
burdened not with hideously frightening-expectation,
nor stricken with insufferable agony unrestrained

or hostage held by any of the
myriad of vicissitudes in being

ever constant-and ever sublimely unpleasant

But instead is graciously permitted
freedom-lavished total and unrestrained
and far too pleasantly abundant

will after a long while or a short bit

likely find itself stranded
and brought to idle-
in a most confining space
a perplexing and quite wearisome place

Topic(s) of this poem: blank verse, boats

Form: Blank Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

what's on your mind?

Comments about In Pursuit Of Freedom by Nellie Isabelle Steward Cooper

  • (4/3/2009 11:22:00 AM)

    likely find itself stranded
    and brought to idle-
    in a most confining space
    a perplexing and quite wearisome place

    Freedom..elusive but first we must be free in spirit and heart and then we can soar..this piece for me resonates in the 'one to a box theory' Much to ponder on here.
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  • (4/3/2009 10:59:00 AM)

    Sort of like reaching the bottom of the barrel. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 3, 2009

Poem Edited: Friday, October 4, 2019


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