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Longing for Freedom by BenHeine Longing for Freedom by BenHeine
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Drawing on paper (older work).

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Freedom Oh Freedom

A poem by Peter S. Quinn [link]

The brick
Have taken
My balloon
The air
That freedom calls
Is now
Like bluish moon
But love
Shall blossom
And give
Each peace a try
Where every freedom
Is from
A balloon
In the sky

Oh speak
And give us freedom
The flowers
Of this earth
Break those irons
Of some
That had them
From their birth
We need to rise
To clouds
And drift
To a rainbow's glow
Be free
Among the crowds
And feel
That we shall grow

Is like sky blue
So clear
And high above
It was made for me
And you
To give
And share in love
Let never its hope
But be to us
Like summer sunshine
In the beautiful
Open sky
That gives
Its shining divine


By Khalil Gibran

And an orator said, "Speak to us of Freedom."

And he answered:

At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom,

Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them.

Ay, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.

And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment.

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief,

But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.

And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break the chains which you at the dawn of your understanding have fastened around your noon hour?

In truth that which you call freedom is the strongest of these chains, though its links glitter in the sun and dazzle the eyes.

And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free?

If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead.

You cannot erase it by burning your law books nor by washing the foreheads of your judges, though you pour the sea upon them.

And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their won pride?

And if it is a care you would cast off, that care has been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you.

And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.

Verily all things move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.

These things move within you as lights and shadows in pairs that cling.

And when the shadow fades and is no more, the light that lingers becomes a shadow to another light.

And thus your freedom when it loses its fetters becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom.


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ManiacalFreak Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This has been featured here [link] and in my journal on the front page! ^^
mr-koyi Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student Artist
95blckfirebird Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
good work brother, beautiful words and amazing artowrk. inshallah one day we will be free
Papadilma Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
çok güzel tebrikler.
lia1 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Student Photographer
nice pic
fiyonk14 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
love1008 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
fine works in your gallery !
InpuUpUaut Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Student General Artist
Very good work ^_^
Thebuild Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
Great piece, one of the things I really like about your pieces is that speak very clearly and in far louder tones than words ever could.
bs4life4show Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
This is from The Prophet right?
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