Prose - A Free Man (a conversation between a man and a woman)

She said, “I love the way you live
I love the way you fly in your blue skies
You’re so free and full of life”

I thought, “And yet there is no love
Flying high waits for no one
Freedom has no partner”

She asked, “Do you have a mate?”
I said, “No and I’m not looking for one”
She wondered, “What kind of life is this?
She said, “We’re not made to be alone”

I thought, “What does she expect of me?”
I said, “Maybe but then why am I happy?”
She said, “You only think you are”
I said, “Maybe happy is about not being unhappy”

She asked, “Who hurt you so badly that you have given up?”
I said, “The same force that hurt you”
She thought, “I don’t understand not wanting love”
She said, “But if we give up we die”

I thought, “It will just become about control”
I said, “Do you like me as I am or
do you have a vision of what I could be to you?”
She said, “I know what you are asking
You want to know if I have a life or will I make you become my life”

I said, “Yes… are you waiting to live or do you live now?”
She said, “Yes, I have a life but I want to love someone
I want them to love me
It’s what makes life worth living”

I said, “You have a dream of love
But do you have a dream of me?”
She said, “I am attracted to how you live
I want to know how you are”

I said, “If I make love to you
we will be swept up in emotions
Can you do this and still let me fly?”

She said, “Is freedom all that matters to you?
Is flying life or is love?”
I said, “Love is life but flying is freedom
And without freedom I will die”

I asked, “Can you love and let someone be free?”
She asked, “What do you mean?”
I said, “Can you live if I fly without you?”
She asked, “Will you fly with someone else?”
I said, “You see no other bird do you?”

She thought, “What is it that I want?”
She asked, “Can you not fly with me?”
I said, “Yes but only if I am not compelled by you
You cannot live to fly with me
You must live to let me fly”

She asked, “Why must I wait for you?”
I said, “We have not made love and you already question me”
She said, “You are telling me I must wait for you and wonder”
I said, “Yes”
She asked, “What kind of a man are you?
I said, “A free man
Can you build a nest
With a bird that will only fly?"

She said, "I can build a nest

With a bird that wants a nest
And not one that will never land
I do not wish to control you
I only wish to love you
If you cannot accept my love
Then remain free as you think you are

But remember me when you are lonely
Because my love would have set you free"

Thoughts in flight,

"It is not for me to decide
But instead
What is heard by maidens far
And near
Is the matter
As they weigh
The sound of the calling
Against the needs
Of their hearts
And the decision
To set sail
Towards the unknown
But familiar resonance
Of home
Which remains
But a wonder
To the pied piper"

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jessica.written. 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

wwhat a love badass. that is a sweet way to get both the men and womens side if things. there inner perspectives and what they actually mean..... LOVED IT

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Digitskyes 5 years ago from Highlands, Scotland

Nice :)

Well written, i'm envious lol ;)

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AmaTainted 5 years ago from Texas

very lovely! it is good that the "bird" is true to itself and allows no other that define what "love" or "life" is... there are those who can not conform but it doesnt mean they are lonely or without love. loved the write!

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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

A very well-thought-out poem. Many people do not understand why they love or what their expectations are, and that ruins many relationships. Better to know oneself and what one is willing or not willing to give up for another. Voted up and beautiful

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vidhimayur 5 years ago

Superb expression of feelings, this is exactly what happens in a relationship. through example of birds you have beautifully expressed those feelings everyone undergo.voted up and beautiful.

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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

You have a real gift for telling both perspectives. This is very eloquent, painful, and true all at the same time. Bravo!

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A brilliant and very enjoyable poem, I really enjoyed it and here's to many more to share on here.


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

It is a rare human being that understands true freedom. It is rarer still when one can feel whole without the need for another. However if we are lucky to find another free soul we will be blessed with the ability to fly alone or fly together depending on where we wish to fly. The gift of freedom offers the same to others and those that do not understand freedom will often never understand a free persons choice.

Awesome poem that I resonates well with my inner being

Soar high my friend and enjoy the beauty!!

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you all! Each of you give me credit for things that I'm sure each of you know; the experience of relationships gives us insights into each other. I don't profess to understand women. If I said something here that is close to the mark then maybe it is more of rote learning than true wisdom. I feel the bird is a bit burned by life and is no longer believing in taking the chance for real love because he believe has become cynical. So he flies and learns to enjoy life in other ways. Because he has become effortless at life he has become intriguing to another bird; maybe a beautiful bird that tempts his physical desires. So he wonders but his fear is so powerful he is willing to lose a woman who appears to be very understanding of him; yet his past is now hurting him because he is unable to see that what he is looking for cannot exist and what she offers is possibly the best it can be.

yogesh uchchasare 4 years ago

this prose belongs to my way of life and love.

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