Freedom is not following a river.
Freedom is following a river
though, if you want to.
It is deciding now by what happens now.
It is knowing that luck makes a difference.
No leader is free; no follower is free–
the rest of us can often be free.
Most of the world are living by
creeds too odd, chancy, and habit-forming
to be worth arguing about by reason.
If you are oppressed, wake up about
four in the morning; most places
you can usually be free some of the time
if you wake up before other people.
from The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems
Copyright 1998 by Graywolf Press
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2 thoughts on ““Freedom” by William Stafford”
This piece is written in language so plain it’s fair to question if it’s a poem. But the wisdom it offers makes that question irrelevant.
I like the line “It is deciding now by what happens now.”
Thanks for sharing this.
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