Freedom of expression

On the
verge of
a word —
at the edge
of a verb —
off the cliffs
of emotion —
I throw
myself into
a poem.

We are
ephemeral
graffiti art —
brought to
life today —
whitewashed
tomorrow —
short bursts
of the
rainbow.

The simple
fact remains —
we only have
so many
days —
make them
count in
every way —
be the
difference —
no regrets.

Your body
of work
built by
a lifetime
of words —
standing
on its own
terms.

My brain
is a tin can
kicking around
an idea —
a pinwheel
revolving
words —
a yo-yo
spinning
the world.

Euphoric
morning
melodies —
birdsong
thru an
open
window —
dreams
take flight
from my
pillow.

We are
the beneficiaries
of dreams —
the benefactors
of hope —
the beautiful
souls who
live thru
their poems.

Freedom
of expression —
a basic
human
right —
but words
cannot
describe
the sacrifice
of life so that I
could write.

Β 

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About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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36 Responses to Freedom of expression

  1. sandraconner says:

    This piece is truly magnificent. Thank you for writing it and sharing it.

    • You’re very welcome, Sandra, and thank you! Glad you enjoyed it, my friend πŸ™‚ Hope you had a wonderful Summer Solstice and all the best in the week ahead!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  2. Elouise says:

    Exquisite comes to mind–and even that doesn’t do justice to this hauntingly beautiful poem.
    Elouise

    • Thank you, Elouise! So glad you enjoyed it, my friend! I truly appreciate your continued support and kind words. Hope you had a wonderful Summer Solstice and all the best in the week ahead!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  3. Edwin Best says:

    You are sharing such a precious thing here Tyler – the light of inspiration. A wonderful life enhancing poem!

    • Thank you kindly, Edwin! I am humbled by your high praise and feel very fortunate to have kind, thoughtful and poetic friends such as yourself. Hope you had a wonderful Summer Solstice. All the best in the week ahead!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  4. colonialist says:

    The first stanza appeals so much that it could be a standalone!

  5. tntdreaming says:

    Really, really beautiful thoughts and words. Thanks for sharing!!!

  6. dnikias says:

    Ahh, “at the verge of a verb”…I can feel the impulse growing and swelling… I think the real way to make our days “count in every way” and “be the difference” is to step beyond the noun and immerse ourselves in the verb – let the swelling impulse find full expression – the noun just is but the verb is doing, it is still becoming. We are crushed by our noun dominance and suffer from a deficiency of genuine verb activity. It’s interesting that in English almost anything can be made into a noun but I often wonder, what do we remove from the verb when we make it a noun?
    Right on and write on brother!

  7. Silverleaf says:

    Unbelievably fantastic poem! Love this, love every word!

    • Thank you so much, my friend! Glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Hope you had a splendid Summer Solstice, soaking up every last ray of sun. All the best in the week ahead πŸ™‚
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  8. Mike says:

    Reblogged this on This Got My Attention and commented:
    Freedom of expression forever. Sadly, if current trends continue we will only be allowed to express those things approved by Big Brother and his minions. Don’t let it happen!

  9. Beautifully said, Tyler. –Curt

  10. Just Jude says:

    I like the aspect of dreams because I do dream about things I end up actually doing. I also agree with Mike. We need to keep on top of our right to Freedom of Speech.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! Glad you agree. Dreams are strange chimeras / shaping our perception of reality. Poetry is an essential part of life and the human condition. Words can free our minds and uplift our spirits, they channel our collective consciousness and inspire infinitely. Best wishes to you in the week ahead!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  11. Touchingly accurate. I love it.

  12. SandySays1 says:

    So true, right through, to the end, my friend.

  13. Beautiful poem, Tyler. Especially appropriate for MLK Day.

  14. Rob McShane says:

    Great poem Tyler – thanks. Agree with the comment above – the first stanza can stand on its own – stunning! Describes beautifully the feeling at the genesis of a poem as the words start to tumble. Nicely done! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you kindly, Rob! So glad you enjoyed it, my friend! Your thoughtful comment means a great deal to me. May we all continue to passionately embody life through poetry. Have a great week ahead!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  15. A poem both simple and deep. It is worth reading several times so that the meaning can sink in. As poets, we have rights and obligations. The right to write. The obligation to write well, to inspire.

    • Thank you kindly, Roger! I completely agree with you. Poetry is an essential part of life and the human condition. Words carry so much power and eloquence, they can free the mind and uplift the spirit, they channel our collective consciousness and inspire infinitely. Have a great week ahead, my friend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

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