Struggle to Be Free

We enter the world in perfect grace

No preconceived notions or bias

Of wealth, success, fame or race

No hatred, anger, or malice


It starts with a slap across the behind

To learn nothing can be taught without pain

We learn to cry and so we find

We can manipulate others for our own gain


We learn to crawl to get to things

Our mothers will not give

We learn to walk so we might know

A better way to live


We learn to run, too think, to try

To find what we are meant to be

We learn to hate, to steal, to lie

In our struggle to be free


We learn to love because we thought

We could not face the end alone

But everything must end, does it not

That’s the thing we’ve always known

21 thoughts on “Struggle to Be Free

    1. Thanks Gina, you have been a great source of encouragement and inspiration. I don’t want to sound like I’m one of those guys walking around with my thumbs under my suspenders saying, “well now, I might be just a poor country backyard kinda poet…” but that is who I am. I don’t know a lot about structure and imagery, I just let some words fall onto the paper and hope they make sense to someone.


      1. And so am I Jerry, I am as mall town or in fact a small village girl who knows little of poetry form or art or writing but I know what sits well with my soul. English not being my first language is also a struggle to get the words right. But words tumble out because we have a lot inside that needs to be heard. And for those who hear us and understand it’s a great reward even if it’s an audience of one, that connection to another human is amazing! you write from the heart, that matters most. And you take from the ordinary, but that’s our lives isn’t it anyway! And they make lovely perfect sense when I read and think about my own life circumstances. Writing does increase our love for humanity.

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  1. Science time

    Nice post! I’ve made a post about ice so if you have time and will please go and check it out! If you like it pls follow me, I follow you.
    Thank you! 🙂

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