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I feel free

granted, I take

a squat and meditate

any time of day


languish in

the right to dress

as ludicrous our luscious

as I feel fit


bathe in liquor

daily or on a whim

retreat, dousing myself

in wheat - grass


the companions that I keep

many and any or none

and especially those of which

you would not approve


docilely follow

and often I forget

heeding the "no" this or "stay off" that

signs of life


but mark me

when paying attention

will not relinquish my right

to be free


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

You are one classy lady.

I just missed your hubs so much and welcome this. Freedom cannot be compared to anything, one has to really experience it to know it.

That picture says a lot and I get the feeling that was what kinda inspired this very beautiful piece.

Both beautiful and awesome...I could not choose so I did both!

Love

Cardisa


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi Cardisa! I've been busy on SoundCloud recording all my stuff. Only ten more to go and I'll be done... make that 11 now, lol. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. This came from a 4th of July conversation about my boyfriends time working in Saudi Arabia. I realized how blessed I am.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Randy, we are all constrained by societies customs in one way or another. Add religion to the mix and the constraints tot up. Many Muslim women will argue that they feel strongly enough about their religious practices to happily adhere to its principles. Of course there may be many women whose real views are masked by fear. This could also apply to Muslim men too, who's lives would be at risk if they chose to denounce their faith.

All religions are anti freedom with the possible exception of Buddhism. People don't have to be Muslims to be ostracized from the heard, something that would no doubt occur after refusing to wear the Burka. Yes you do have the freedom to do many things, but you did not choose to be a decent person early in life, it was the society that you were brought up in that set the bar, and you chose to be above the line instead of being below like many other westerners who share the same freedoms. It is really difficult for non-Muslims to not feel uncomfortable about a woman wearing a Burka, it goes against all our basic notions, but it is not our place to judge. Democracy in these countries might change many things, including people's reliance on religion, but i doubt it. Devotion is expected and usually supplied. Many of the freedoms you have now didn't apply forty years ago and women are still not treated equally in all things, the workplace being an obvious example. Read Nellianna's latest hub and see how free she was for much of her earlier life. My oldest daughter had to write an essay about this topic a few weeks ago and wrote a compelling argument along these same lines. I dislike the concept of the Burka too, but freedom of choosing to wear it must be respected too. At least we are able to express our personal opinions which is the cornerstone of freedom. It would have been simple for me to have said yes how right you are. Or what a terrific poem, which of course it is from your point of view. I'm sure that many people will disagree with my sentiments, but that's my take on the topic. PS good luck with your recordings, a real creative addition to hubpages. Cheers


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

AH - I do not cast judgement on anyone's choice of religion if that is their choice. I also shy away from all things political. We all have different paths. I am grateful my path is so wide and yielding. This poem is me realizing that I have freedoms that I take for granted. I do not have to get on a plane to show the clothes I "want" to wear, or drink the booze I "want" to drink. I do not have to turn customers and their money away because it is prayer time. I can sit and drink coffee with co-workers of the opposite sex without being thrown in jail or caned. I would not be arrested if a woman stepped in front of my camera as I was taking a work photo. These are things I never appreciated until we had this conversation. Now I do.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Surely a burka is a religious and political symbol? If your poem is about your freedom then why is there a photo of a Muslim woman? I have interpreted your poem from a political and religious viewpoint and am responding accordingly. I don't for one minute support suppression of anyone. Your poem sends a strong message, but it would be as equally strong if you had a photo of a third world woman living in a mud hut unable to feed her children. The burka makes it political and I like you would prefer to see the back of it. I have given you my honest opinion. Something that is often lacking on hubpages for fear of upsetting anyone. This debate is freedom.


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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

There are several types of freedom. Some are chained down in their own pits of fire. I was freed physically 2 years ago from my abusive husband and never in my life have I felt so free. But I have a few inward struggles I am still not free off but this just helped me realize that I want to be free of them now thanks Randy!!

bella


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

This photo to show where my train of thought began and because it is beautiful. Don't for one minute think your opinion isn't welcome here AH. It most definitely IS! You just won't get much of a debate out of me. I'm too easy going.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Morning Bella! My divorce did the same for me. I equated myself with cherry blossoms turned loose from the tree... floating on the wind.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Rules of attraction are the only rule of true freedom,lest the attraction inhibits another's attraction.;)


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

So the law of attraction is our freedom personified MA?


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MellasViews 5 years ago from Earth

Good form Randy... Ive been absent from here for awhile, but when I saw you post... I was excited to have a look. Good form, love it.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

If inspiration to write this hub comes from the pursuit of happiness then this be your religion...Amen.;)


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Oh Mella missed you! Have you written anything lately? I could use a laugh.

Amen MA.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Randy I'm easy going too, and we are both fortunate to live in countries where we can practice this. Your poetry always stirs up strong emotions, this one being a good example. Now i'm going to stir up some sand, cement, lime and water. See ya.


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Seldon55 5 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

As always, you continue to inform and titillate and expose yourself in such a deep way....Cool - No! -Make that "Beyond Cool" Eddie


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Oh jeez Eddie, did you catch me exposing myself again? :) Thanks for the "beyond cool".


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Many of us take lots for granted. I appreciate the reminder. Maybe subconsciously, your hub was also inspired by July 4th.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

The original conversation was on the fourth; so yes, it was. Thanks for dropping by Sally.


Claudia Schönfeld 5 years ago

freedom is a big word and who can say who is really free? sometimes i think they suffer, sometimes i'm not sure..fine write


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Some days I'd love to be able to hide behind a burka! Cheers Claudia.


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

I've always been a fan of your diversity -- poetically speaking; politically, you seem like a diverse person, but let's face it, I'm on hubpages for the poetry. And you display that nifty sense of diversity and risk-taking here. (Forrest Gump voice): "Randy's poems are like a box of chocolates. You never know what..."


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

My long lost buddie! Hows married life :) I am a box of chocolates. Some times you get sweet and soft, some times its alllll nuts.


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Married life is just as hectic and lovable as our dating and engaged lives. But not too hectic. What's keeping me from my poetry exchange is a ten-week, web-based statistics class. It's as difficult as it sounds; never take one of these courses!

Hopefully I can get back in the groove in three weeks when the class ends. Meantime, it's fun dropping in on old friends.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Love being dropped in on. I await your exit of statistics (yuck) and return to hubland.


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

We so undervalue our freedom in this country, giving it lip service but really not understanding the true value of it in our day to day existence. Thank you for the beautiful poem!


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Good Morning EHQ. Thank you for your comment. It's nice to get wake up calls every once in a while.


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

live free or die trying! good job!


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks a bunch Nikki.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Oh wow - guess we are lucky in England!!


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

The trick is to stop and realize it acaetnna. Thanks for the comment.

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