HELP ME, I THINK I’M FALLING

There
is a
free
man in
Paris
who’s
life
was
free
fallin’.
He
kept
calling
Radio
Free
Europe
in the
hope
that he
could
free the
people.
He stood
high in the
Notre Dame stee-
ple. he shouted, “FREE-
DOM!”  “SWEET FREEDOM!”
no one paid any   heed,“Je
Suis” they          would all
intone. “This             is   a free
country and              we are born
free! We wish                   to be free and
thus we are free!” The man thought “How can
this be?  Wishing doesn’t make one free!”‘Why,
it’s like wishing to fly!”Climbing the ledge, he
looked down on Paris and declared,“I want to be
free!”“I shall be fr-                    ee!” “Set me free!”
He spread his                                  arms and leapt.
To his surpr-                                             ise, he soared,
gracefully falling                                                in the Provincial
Sky. A free ride,                                                        free as a bird,
Free to be…you and me,                                                     and a freebird in Paris.

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2015

***POETIC ASIDES WITH ROBERT LEE BREWER – PROMPT 295: “FREE”

FREE AS A BIRD

A spirit soars finally in the peace he sought,
He bought his rest with blood and sweat
and a few hits under his belt.
He was besieged in his adopted city,
it was a pity it turned him away.
Tearful reunions not forthcoming
save for that cold December day.
Sadly “Brother” George would follow.
Sorrow in the playing of their final group
recording. John and George, “Free As a Bird”,
Into the light of the dark black night.

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2015

***POETIC ASIDES WITH ROBERT LEE BREWER – PROMPT 295: “FREE”

 

FREE-FOR-ALL

Reckless abandon meets melee,
it’s a helluva day for a fight.
If you’re looking for a
donnybrook, you found it here, all right!
Tag teams welcome, cage fighters too,
MMA… take your time, we’ve got all night.
Taking all comers, the weak of heart needn’t try.
If you’re all in for a bench-clearing brawl, we just might!
But if Chuck Norris shows up, all bets are off!

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2015

***POETIC ASIDES WITH ROBERT LEE BREWER – PROMPT 295: “FREE”

SPEECH

Say what’s on your mind
and find the right words to do it.
You’ve been through it a hundred
times and every rhyme has it’s own flair.
You seem to care what others think
and it stinks when they try to silence you.
You don’t resort to violence, lest your voice
is quelled. It will be a cold day in hell
when the cost of free speech is prohibitive.
Expressive or excessive, your words matter.
They may not always believe what you say,
but they defend your right to say it!

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2015

***POETIC ASIDES WITH ROBERT LEE BREWER – PROMPT 295: “FREE”

FREE THE MIND

Ideas and thoughts,
vapid and vacuous
float imprisoned within.
I hear it in my head
but dread the thought
of releasing the beast.
Expressing things
with the least bit of vitriol
or despair. Who would dare
debate that what you create
is art? It all starts with these
sparks to inflame your passion
to write in the fashion of your own
choosing. Using your words to give
voice to your choices, not to merely
make noises. Let loose your barrage.
Do not disparage what your heart
knows is true to you. Free your mind.
The rest of you will follow suit!

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2015

***POETIC ASIDES WITH ROBERT LEE BREWER – PROMPT 295: “FREE”

FREE AT LAST

Hidden in the darkest reaches
of a mind bursting with plans
and schemes; dreams that you never had the heart
to start expressing, lest you show your hand
and your soul. Lest you loose control.
In the end you stayed within.

Over the years, it was a sin
to really deny your true vision, wishing you could reach
the masses without being an ass or classless dolt out of control
of emotions you never felt comfortable showing. Your plan
to stay silent failed miserably when your hand
took pen to page, opening a vein directly to your heart.

You had the words and the heart
but weren’t sure where to start; where to begin.
Your decision to ply your hand
with the brand of poetics that would pull you out of the breech
sounded like an outrageous plan.
But it was a salve to soothe an aching soul.

So you were given control
to dispatch your words as sparks of the heart,
an inferno brewing, stewing within this man
and releasing the man within.
No star too far, no meteoric rise out of reach,
no thought held too long within hands

longing to be free of the burden. A poet’s hands
holding the power to move and cajole,
to elicit a smile or groan, any guttural moan, to reach
someone else’s senses. To touch their hearts.
And so it starts. Words are merely words when sequestered within.
They become the guiding light when allowed to shine. Any man

or woman seeking to be free must first release these fears as this man
has. Take your words and destiny into your hands
and disperse every wild notion of thought, the din within
your own expressive mind. Find your voice and take control.
Rip open your soul and rend your heart.
Shout “Free at last, free at last…” to all within reach.

The plan has always been to reach
every heart with a tender hand
by wresting control of the poet within.

 

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2015

***POETIC ASIDES WITH ROBERT LEE BREWER – PROMPT 295: “FREE”

STATE YOUR CASE

You never get a second chance
at that first impression, and I’m guessing
you’ve fumbled the ball (as we all have
at one time or other). And brother,
it can surely mess with your head.
So instead of wallowing in pity
of the self-made shade, clear your throat
and your thoughts and begin again.
In the end you’ll have made friends,
or at least brought your enemies closer.
You can always save your face,
all you need do, is state your case!

(C) Walter J. Wojtanik, 2015

***Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer – Prompt 294: State of <BLANK>

ON A SLAB IN THE CRYOGENICS LAB

Why the cold shoulder? Just think,
you’ll not grow older in your current state!
It will be great when they find the cure
and you’re unfrozen at that chosen time!
A return to rhyme with a tale to tell.
Do not dwell on the things you’ve missed,
you had kissed them goodbye when you signed
on that dotted line. There’s a bright side.
Inside your chamber you were cold and unfeeling.
Now, you’ll be dealing with people of the same vent.
They’ve come by theirs naturally, and you’ll be a charm
when you can finally get warm. Just put on your gloves.
Send Walt Disney our love!

(C) Walter J. Wojtanik, 2015

***Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer – Prompt 294: State of <BLANK>

INTESTATE

It’s a dead give-away,
and I haven’t the will to to on.
It’s not that I don’t care, it’s just
I never thought to make others
privy to how I divvy up my
where-with-all! I’ll surely
rot in hell well before you get
what I’ve got. As long as I’m
in this state intestate,
it appears I’ll be taking it with me.
To the victor goes the spoils.
The rest of you can resort to
fighting it out in court!

(C) Walter J. Wojtanik, 2015

***Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer – Prompt 294: State of <BLANK>