Hostage

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loyalty that is coerced
is not loyalty at all...
a man compelled to loyalty
is, but a hostage, after all.
loyalty, if not inspired
from deep within the soul,
births compulsion for escape
that will assume control.
within the heart, a fire lit
will burn until the end.
a hostage yearns for freedom
captivity cant pretend.
by nature, every hostage
will desire to be free.
when opportunity presents
said hostage can but flee.
loyalty that is coerced
is not loyalty at all...
a man compelled to loyalty
is, but a hostage, after all.

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justom 5 years ago from 41042

The truth about loyalty. Nice, I really like this! Peace!! Tom


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

justom, thank you for the read and comment. This was not a light-hearted piece. It is written about a friend of my son's, who is in a relationship he is not sure he wants to be in, but his loyalty has been coerced by the conception of a baby, and a source of financial assistance that he currently needs. It appears to be a relationship doomed from the gate...and they are making plans for a wedding...yikes!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

That's a tough one, babies are in the middle of a lot of bad decisions. Let's hope he figures it out.


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

Amen, justom, amen!


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

This offers interesting concepts, and I find that I'll have to read it again until I fully understand it. I find you make everything look so interesting. The bible talks about being in bondage, until we accept Jesus as truth. ("The truth shall set you free") Let me say, that you have a new perspective on the matter. Thanks for tickling my intellect tonight!


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

CMCastro, I am delighted! You have tickled my intellect with your comment! The true issue here, as I see it, is loyalty...if from the heart is freely given out of love...loyalty, if coerced...is a different matter. Loyalty that is given out of current need, and against one's will renders a hostage. So, If I love God, strictly out of fear of hell, for instance, and my loyalty is not from the heart but from my fear only...see what I mean?

loyalty born of love and devotion vs loyalty forced out of fear or need... two totally different beasts here! here...thanks for the read and comment!


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Finding the middle ground in a relationship has a form of coercion attached to it. A baby's needs should be enough to lift the hostage crisis but of course this is not always the case. Your poem was, never-the-less, beautifully constructed. Your comments are very astute too. Cheers


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

attemptedhumour, thanks so much for the read and comment. God, how I hate to say this, but...I have yet to see a baby solve any relationship problem...it is so unfair to expect it to! I just see this as a collision course that is doomed from the gate. I so hope I am wrong! Anyways, it is a thought-provoker, for sure! Cheers to you, too!


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epigramman 5 years ago

.....a great writer can conceal many different identities and cover the canvas of life and living with their ability to convey emotions and feelings in any type of poetic format - and you do that so very well .....


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

such words of praise from the Master himself...I am due-ly humbled. Thank you, epigramman!


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Mike Marks 5 years ago

I have disagreements with Rand, but I have remained alert to what she discribes as "the virtue trap"... the notion that you are seduced to give your time and energy to another person in order to be the "virtuous" person you want to be, and the other person, realizing this about you, uses it to trap and control you: "You must give me this, and you must treat me like that, YOU must live your life for ME, or else you are a bad person"...


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

hmmm Mike, that sounds like a form of hostage taking right in line with this...Interesting twist that I hadn't thought of...thanks for the read and comment!


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Reminds me of all the people who served dictators. They were loyal -- but only because they feared for their lives. Hostages, as you put it. Good poem.


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

Doug, I hadn't thought of that but it is true...Thanks for the read and comment!


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Makes a lot of sense. i like it.


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No_Clue 5 years ago Author

crystolite, thanks! I so appreciate the read and comment!


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

It's a deep one, thoughtful. Double-edged sword. Imprisonment by own will... Great poem!

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