Are You Free? – John W. Leys

Are You Free?

 

I’m not free,

She said,

I can’t fly free

Among the clouds.

Gravity is oppressing me

And holding me back.

 

I’m not free,

He said,

From the chain

Of causality

That stretches

From the Big Bang,

Throwing matter into motion,

To the motion of the air

From her lips

To my ear

Telling me its over.

 

The inevitability

Of cause and effect

Chain me down

Like a tiger in a cage.

 

I’m not free,

He said,

Because one day

I must die and

There’s not enough time

To do all the things;

Not enough money

To buy all the things.

I’m trapped,

Wings clipped,

By mortality.

 

But you are free,

Said Epictetus,

You cannot

Glide among the gulls

And cannot avoid

Inevitable endings,

But you are free

To choose

To accept the things

You have no control over

As they are.

 

You are free,

Said Siddhartha,

If you choose

Not to be a slave

To your desires.

Everything essential

Dwells within.

Let go of fear.

Let go of loss.

 

Do not expect more

Than the universe

Is willing

To give you

 


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JOHN W. LEYS IS AN INDIE POET/AUTHOR FROM REDMOND, OREGON. HE CURRENTLY POSTS HIS WORK ON HIS BLOG DARKNESS OF HIS DREAMS, WHICH HE STARTED IN 2016. JOHN HAS BEEN WRITING POETRY SINCE HE WAS 14 YEARS OLD AND HAS HAD HIS WORK PUBLISHED IN A VARIETY OF SMALL PUBLICATIONS, INCLUDING OMNIBUS—THE LITERARY JOURNAL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, AND BYRONMANIA—A NOW DEFUNCT ONLINE JOURNAL DEDICATED TO THE LIFE AND WORKS OF LORD BYRON. HE IS A CONTRIBUTOR TO BLOOD INTO INK AND HAS BEEN A FREQUENT GUEST CONTRIBUTOR TO THE GODOGGO CAFE, AND IS ONE OF THE POETS FEATURED IN NICHOLAS GAGNIER’S UPCOMING BOOK ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE. HE IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON PUBLISHING HIS FIRST BOOK OF POETRY.

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