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His Need to Feel Free: A Conversation With My Far Away Friend (conversation poetry)

Updated on June 24, 2016

He said he wore a smile

to hide his sadness,

and kept plenty of

friends to get lost with,

this seemed to help him

hide the madness.


A life unnoticed in a

foreign land, dreams

that seemed to be

buried deep beneath

the desert sand.


Once upon a time he

confided these words

to me, but he has since

left very promptly.


Did I not listen with

a sincere ear, a caring

heart, an offer of cheer?

Source
Source

Come back and tell

me your internal

thoughts. I yearn

to learn what you

seek out.


Do you search for

freedom you’ve never

known, a brand-new

start, a different home?


Is America where you

would like to be?

Because, I have to tell

you, it’s not such

A perfect place to be.


For the land of the free

and the home of the brave

reeks of big fortune and

fake fame.

Why do we all wish

to be somewhere else?

I do wonder this quite

often myself.


In my eyes, your

country would be

a breath of fresh air;

A real site to behold,

with beautiful beach

sunsets and lanterns

of gold.


Paradise Valley in the

summertime, the unity

of people through Ramadan…


Of course, we have beauty

here as well. However,

my point is, we all live with

pieces of heaven and hell.

Come back young friend,

don’t leave me with this

doubt. I really want to

help you figure things

out.


Let’s be each other’s sunshine

in the rain and wake-up calls

from nightmare screams.


Let’s socialize and learn

the importance of our

wisdom shared through

your youthful views and

my distinguished

older vision. © 2015

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a wonderfully written poem with an important underlying message Missy. I enjoyed the videos too. Well done. Voted up.

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Jodah once again. I wasn't sure how to approach this poem. The young man who inspired it is someone I met online who is Moroccan, and he has family over here in America, but he, himself, has been having trouble getting over here. When I first met him, he seemed depressed, and he told me he hid his sadness from his friends and family. He became a good friend, but I don't talk to him as much. He just messaged me to say he will be reading the poem when he returns home from an outing at the lake with his friends. I hope he likes it. I enjoy writing about real life and real struggles, even in poetry.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Missy, real life provides the best subject matter for poetry. If it comes from your heart and experience readers can feel it. Thanks for explaining the story behind the poem. I'm sure he will love it. Voted up and shared again.

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      You are so great Jodah! Thank you so much!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      you have the gift of expression and to poetry format makes it even more enjoyable bless you

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Frank. You, as well, have the gift of expression, and I look forward to going back to your Hubpage and read more of your writing.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Missy,

      I have met so many wonderful friends across the world via HP and learned so much from them, so I do appreciate your wisdom here and perspective.

      Your first line there struck me for I have written on this very thing of smiling to hide our pain. I am not a true poet and do certainly do not hold myself out to be one, but you are a true poet and very gifted. It is wonderful to read superb poetry as you have written here. There is an amazing poet here on HP who is from Morocco, who writes haiku and other poetry that is brilliant. I believe you would love reading his work, if you don't already follow him. His hubber name is James-wolve and his real name is Tijani.

      I am so thrilled you are writing here on HP.

      Up ++++ and away

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Faith, I will look Tijani up.

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      Wow nice poem and nice write. I really enjoyed this work of yours. I look forward to reading and enjoying more of your thoughts put to paper.

      "my point is, we all live with pieces of heaven and hell"

      Wellsaid.Bravo!!

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      Thank you James-wolve. I too look forward to reading more of your work.

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      Thanks so much :)

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      I really believe you have touched on something worthwhile.

      It is for some a fearful thought to reach out to others with the current shape of our world. With regard to the terror threats over the 4th.

      We have to be so careful because unfortunately, the politicians on both sides, don't know how to worry about their own countries. And leave everyone else alone.

      Shared, Up and curious to see there are more *yes, than no* votes.

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      Very beautiful, very special, a wonderful piece of writing, thanks for sharing, Lee

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Lee!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great thoughts, Missy. I can relate to that feeling of "unfinished business" with someone you'd like to meet again. Meanwhile cherish whatever little you have from the time you spent together.

      You also conveyed very well the message that "we all live with pieces of heaven and hell." I've lived both in the USA and the Caribbean, and know that life can be pleasant or unpleasant wherever you are.

      Altogether, your poem is a beautiful treat. Good job!

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      Thank you, MsDora. It's really great that you relate to the heaven and hell part of the poem, that was one of the messages I wanted to get across to readers the most.

      Many Blessings, ~Missy

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      Shaloo Walia 18 months ago

      A beautiful poem with a subtle message. Many people leave their homeland to search for greener pastures. They may earn well but everything comes with a price.

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      So true. And you really have to ask yourself, if the earning potential out weighs leaving family members and a lifestyle you are accustomed to. Thanks Swalia!

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