Lawrence CH Hiun

Liberty - Poem by Lawrence CH Hiun

On my books and poetry,
On my desk and on the computer
On the sand and on the beach
I write your name

On all the pages I have read
On all the blank pages
Stone bloody shed or ash
I write your name

On my greedy, tender friends
On my comrades, beloved country,
On my clumsy hands
I write your name

On my health and wealth
On the risk which disappeared
On the hope without memory
I write your name

And by the power of one word
I begin a life again
I was born to know you
To name you.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

An adaptation from French poet, Paul Eluard wrote a poem called "A single thought" which he placed first in his collection Poetry and Truth, published secretly in an occupied France in 1942. The title of the poem was later changed to Liberty and under this title it was parachuted into France by the British Royal Air Force, in containers aimed at the French Resistance who were hiding out in the countryside. Here was a version of it in translated English and modified verses.

Comments about Liberty by Lawrence CH Hiun

  • Sylva Portoian (5/14/2012 8:42:00 AM)

    Very simple words with great meanings...Hidden Underneath...!

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  • Sylva Portoian (5/14/2012 8:39:00 AM)

    I write why all are flying away...
    Who are getting them
    You don't want us to comment...!

    Very simple words
    With great meaning
    Hidden Underneath...!

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 22, 2012

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