“The People”

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Disclaimer: This literary work is intended for creative purposes only. The origin is not intended to politicize, promote, or condone any party affiliation. Although there are similarities in content, the author’s purpose is to inspire and motivate. The body of work is the literary discretion and right of the writer.

The Preamble to the Constitution declares “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Sounds from “The People” were ringing in my ears enough for me to ask, who are the people? Most of my life, I was taught to be considerate of “The People.” “The People” had privileges and liberty in mine, the life of others, to the point, it appeared “The People” had more voice than me. There were times rather than my empowerment- I had given power to “The People.”

I remember being reared to become a “good girl.” By this way, “The People” wouldn’t think bad of you or have unpleasant things to say. Later, as a teen and young adult, when I was facing unfavorable situations in life, I was conscious of my actions to avoid a verdict of “The People”.

Currently on my journey, when I am facing major decisions, I find myself conscious of “The People” opinions. Well, now, I’m rendering “The People” powerless. I’m making declaration to “The People” my Bill of Rights. You see, I can remain in the state of stagnation without growth because of others, and if I do, I will fail to reach the fruition of whom I am created because of the need of others validation.

So, I ask, who are “The People?” I never see them. I don’t know them.  “The People” never personally say anything to me, but others tell me about them. Where are “The People” when I need them? Then, why do “The People” deserve power over me?

Therefore, I serve notice to “The People” whoever or wherever they are … I purpose to live and exercise my rights to life and liberty in pursuit of my happiness. I AM FREE from YOU!  I AM FREE to be ME!

Free Spirits

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Free spirits are often known to go against the grain. They do not generally succumb to societal norms. Free spirits are known to think “out of the box.” Many free spirits are creative, independent thinkers, and uninhibited. Rather than travel upstream, free-spirits will go against the grain and find other ways to get up the stream. Free spirits are adventurous. They know there’s more to life. Free spirits do not conform to societal expectations for the sake of conforming, they do things with purpose.

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Free spirits are often mistaken for having a carefree personality, they appear to not take life seriously. But, it is not that free spirits are not serious as others are about life. They just do not take life serious enough to stress out. Free spirits find other ways to resolve their concern. Free spirits like to explore the possibilities, they’re visionaries and dreamers. Free spirits explore living in their truth and believe in following their authentic voice. They do not rely solely on the validation or approval of others. Free spirits do not wait for things to happen, they make things happen. Are you a free spirit?

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Scars

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Here I am

opening up

revealing

my scars to you.

Yes, I feel rejected!

Yes, I feel betrayed!

Yes,  I feel abandoned!

Yes, I feel lonely!

Yes, you disappointed me!

Yes, I am angry at you!

Yes, I am bitter because of you!

Yes, I hate you because you hurt me!

Yes, I want you to hurt too!

Now that I‘m exposed

My wounds have healed!

IF I Could Soar

IF I Could Soar

If I could soar,

I’d do it in a hot air balloon.

If I could soar,

I’d see all of nature’s wonders.

If I could soar,

I would soar to the heavens

and see the worlds below.

If I could soar,

I’d soar to freedom and touch the sky.

If I could soar,

I’d soar peacefully among others

soaring from their worldly cares.

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Liberty and Justice for All

Liberty and Justice for All
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WE ALL WANT OUR LIBERATION.

YET, SOME HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR EQUALITY.

WHY SHOULD SOME HAVE TO FIGHT

FOR THEIR RIGHTS TO BE FREE

WHEN THIS WORLD WAS CREATED

EQUAL FOR ALL TO BE FREE?

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ARE WE LIVING IN A WORLD CREATED BY MAN?

IF SO, WITH ALL HIS CREATIVE BRILLIANCE,

WHY WOULD MAN CREATE HIS WORLD

TO INCLUDE THOSE HE WANTED

TO HAVE NO PART OF IT?

WAS MAN GIVEN THE RIGHTS TO LORD OVER OTHERS?

OR, IS THESE WHY THINGS ARE SUCH A MESS?

WHAT A SHAME, SINCE WE’RE ALL CREATED OUT OF THE

SAME EARTH.

SO, WHO IS MAN TO HAVE CLAIM OVER IT?

THERE ARE POISONOUS WASTES IN OUR GULF STREAMS.

THIS WASTE POLLUTES OUR OCEANS,

AND THEY THREATEN OUR SEAS.

YES, CONTAMINATED WATER

IS A SOCIETAL DISGRACE,

BUT, WE’RE NO BETTER THAN THE WASTE

THAT WE ALLOW TO POLLUTE OTHERS

WHEN WE ALLOW PRIDE, BIGOTRY, AND HATRED,

IN OUR HEARTS AGAINST OTHERS.

WE LET THESE POISONS RAGE SAVAGELY

THROUGHOUT OUR SOUL,

AND THEN WE ALLOW THEM TO CONTAMINATE OUR BEING.

THEN, THE STENCH FROM THEM ARE ALLOWED TO

SPILL ALL OVER THIS WORLD.

WHEN WE BICKER BECAUSE OF DIFFERENCES

IN RACE, SEX, AND CREED,

WHERE IS MAN TO PUT THESE THINGS IN CHECK?

WHO SHOULD WE THANK?

IS IT MAN?

BETTER YET,

WHO SHOULD WE BLAME FOR ALL OUR MESS?

IS IT MAN?

IS IT THE SAME MAN WHO THINKS HE IS BETTER THAN OTHERS?

THE MAN WHO THINKS HE RULES THIS WORLD?

THEN, MAN, IF YOU’RE LISTENING, YOU SHOULD GIVE US A BREAK?

WHILE MAN IS BUSY FIGHTING OVER TRIVIAL MATTERS

AND FIGHTING TO BE A SOMEBODY,

OUR CHILDREN ARE CRYING TO BE NOTICED,

BUT, TOO MANY ARE DYING UNNOTICED.

SOME ARE DYING AT THE HANDS

OF THOSE WHO SHOULD PROTECT THEM.

MANY OF OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED

TO HAVE A DECENT CHILDHOOD

BECAUSE THEIR INNOCENCE WAS STOLEN

BY COWARDLY, AND DESPICABLE, ACTS OF TERROR.

OFTEN THESE ACTS ARE BY

THE FRIENDLY HANDS THEY KNEW,

IN SOME CASES, THEY’RE THE HANDS

THAT SHOULD HAVE HELD THEM CLOSE

AND MADE THEM FEEL SECURE.

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ARE WE EVER  GOING TO GET THINGS RIGHT?

ARE WE EVER GIVING UP ALL

THE BICKERING AND PETTY FIGHTS?

WILL THIS WORLD REVOLVE

AROUND UNITY AND PEACE?

 

WE WILL NEED TO WAIT FOR ANOTHER LIFE

BEFORE WE TURN THIS WHOLE WORLD AROUND?

SOON THIS WORLD WON’T BE A BETTER PLACE,

UNLESS EACH ONE OF US MAKE AN EFFORT

TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT.

LET’S LIVE UP TO THE PRINCIPLES

THAT WE PIOUSLY SING ABOUT,

IN THIS PRESENT LIFETIME,

THIS PLACE IS NOT GOING TO BE

HEAVEN ON EARTH, BUT

CAN WE JUST HAVE SOME LIBERTY

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL?

IF WE CAN’T DO IT FOR OURSELVES,

CAN WE DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN?

 

HOME IS WHERE YOU’ll FIND YOURSELF

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 Like in a cocoon

she sits snuggled-

safely into the arms of self

In her residence of hopelessness

without shelter she resides

In her place of despondence-

uncovered with a vacant mind

quietly- she sits, frozen in a moment

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An open roof exposed-

prevents protection from the world

The only source of escape – her free will

Releasing herself from the shackles holding her bound-

desire for freedom is her sole motivation

Miraculously, she reaches and takes hold

of the key to determination

She loosen all holding her bound

The door of bondage swings wide open-

Walls are torn down.
Then she makes her declaration-
I will strengthen my faith.
I will stretch, I will extend my territory.
I will bow only to determination.
I will stand on my feet.

I am safe.

I am free.

I am home.

 Yvonne L