Freedom is found in a 4×4 ft cell.
No expansion
Definition is inherent.
Needed
Demanded
Imposed.

Freedom is found in a 4×4 ft cell
Deprived of material comforts
Raw
Exposed
Uncovered.

Feet held to the flame of nothing but you
and you
and you
and you
Your thoughts run through the likes of you
blood streaming with boiling, bubbling passion

A 27 year Distillation process
Impurities evaporate
You emerge with a reduction of humanity
what is compassion
what is possible
what is true
what is essential

The world aches for heroes like you
Your voice was smooth
centered
soft
the purest form of what is possible when you don’t give up
but
turn in.

Turns out

Freedom is found in a 4×4 ft cell
Locked in you looked out and discovered a world of beauty and potential.

Thank you, O Mighty leader.
You burn empathy into the heart and soul of 7 billion eyes and ears.

You are not gone.
This is not possible.
You breath through my lungs.

Add yours Comments – 3

  • Tamikah

    on December 12, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    What a beautiful poem. It flows so well…

  • Priyanka Adhikari

    on December 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    A life of beautiful and powerful meaning was Mandela’s. Allison, your poem is so perceptive and pure. Thank you for sharing.

  • Paula Mielle

    on December 19, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Excelente poesia, foi uma linda homenagem.