Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Thursday Think Tank #55 - Freedom

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."  ~ Helen Keller

This week our prompt is freedom. I will admit the looming American holiday kind of forced this week’s prompt. Yes, it may be a somewhat obvious one but we have never touched on it here at Poets United. To quickly turn this topic away from the political aspects I would like to point out that freedom is so much more than a country or mind set. One can experience freedom in a million ways.  You can be a free spirit.  Freedom is being eleven years old and experiencing the first time your parents trusted you enough to leave you home alone. Freedom is the ability to have silence in a bustling household because dad decided to take the kids to the park.

Freedom can mean so much to so many people. Freedom may be fireworks on the 4th of July or a wonderful hike in the woods. Freedom is the right to be naked in your own backyard and damn the neighbors prying eyes. Freedom is a long soak in a hot bath with no sounds save for the drip of the faucet. As seen in the pictures above freedom is a horse on an open plain, a person on a mountain top, the 4th of July or the simple right to be slob.  There are no bounds to what freedom is to a single individual.

This week take time out to write and tell us what makes you feel the most free and alive. My freedom is the ability to write. No one can stop me from doing it and if I want I can fly to the tops of mountains and breathe while walking on the moon. The pen is my freedom.

We look forward to seeing what you set free with the stroke of your keyboard or the ink of your pen. Write and share what you please as you are free to do so.
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  1. Love this prompt. I hope I can get to it later today.


  2. the places my mind went when reading all your examples of freedom. I can hardly wait to write! :) ~Paula

  3. There are so many aspects of freedom, freedom from external pressures, freedom from internal constraints. It will be interesting to see all the interpretations.

  4. old ones, may fit.
    Happy Thursday.

  5. Nice prompt, it made me remember a long gone summer. . .

  6. Happy 4th everyone... may all who observe fireworks displays be on the same wavelength...

  7. Poets United,

    Just happened to have some words which suited this wonderful prompt!


  8. I thought of women around the world who have not been fortunate enough to live and taste freedom.

    For them.

  9. Robb, Great prompt...I thought of several ways to go, but when with the first one that came to mind!

    I love the quote and the way you wrote this one :D

  10. Okay, so it's Friday, but Thursday was a bit of a non-event, thanks to Blogger...

  11. I don't look like your initial picture, but I feel like her!

  12. rather a Stoic response ... but what do you expect from an old Roman Senator?

  13. Actually wrote Escape a few days ago, but I feel it goes with the theme! *smile* Now off to see what the rest of you have come up with!

  14. This one brought a smile to my face. Happy Holiday to everyone!

  15. beautiful photo prompts (except for the guy in the recliner! :)

  16. Happy 4th of July to those who celebrate it and i hope everyone has a great weekend!
    dani ♥

  17. 1969:A Personal Reverie-4th-of-july-2011 was written thinking back to a younger time. * This is my first non-rhyming poem still with a consistent iambic tetrameter attempt*


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