An Introvert’s Freedom

Prompted poetry inspired by “All things freedom”

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You can take these feeble feet
these stiffened, arthritic hands
leave me introverted or immobilized
but so long as my mind flourishes
I will continue to be free

Freedom isn’t just about movement
‘though I admit it is glorious —
the ability to walk, run, and explore
to gather seashells by the shore
or pinecones from the forest’s floor
to feel the sun’s warmth on my face
or my body nourished by the rain
to openly embrace a friend
or roll around in the yard with a pet

Yes, those are all freedoms I enjoy
and probably not everyone’s choice
Some want to roam the world
live as they see fit with few rules
or raise their voices for injustice
fight for what they believe is right
exist as their authentic selves
reach mountains and break ceilings
and marry whomever they love

All worthy freedoms to be sure
but all I want is a sharpened mind
to wade out and fly fish in a stream
visit vast worlds or march in the street
all without leaving my head

© 2020 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.

The older I get and the more worn out my body becomes, the more I’ve been forced to take a sharp look at my life and what freedom really means to me. It’s not that I’ve lost the will to fight, but my mind can no longer handle the daily din of outside life. I am becoming an extreme recluse with each passing year. In my isolation, I still have access to books, movies, and music to help me escape and find moments of freedom, but should all of that be taken away, should my body give out completely, I pray that my mind will remain intact so that I can be as free as I dare to imagine.

For 𝘋𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘢 𝘊.’s 12th October Weekly Prompt — All things freedom

Lori Carlson writes Poetry, Fiction, Articles, Creative Non-Fiction and Personal Essays. Most of her topics are centered around Relationships, Spirituality, Life Lessons, Mental Health, Nature, Loss, Death, and the LGBTQ+ community. Check out her personal Medium blog here.




𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘷𝘶𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 & 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴.

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