Taste of Freedom

Light rises in the east,
the sky a blush of orange and pink
to greet the earth with morning.
Winter’s peace yields
to the cleansing spring,
the melt of mountain snows
swelling the rivers
with the joy of high water.
This may be a season like no other
when fear is swept from the land,
the corrupt in a flood of purification.
The gods of earth and sky
have only rested,
the season of renewal
coming like the dawn.
Those who love will love still
as the long genuflection to death
is forgotten beneath surging waters.
The sun has not forsaken us
nor the earth our humble prayers.
Let us rise with the light
and take a breath of the redolent air.
You’re not mistaken,
it is the taste of freedom.























Reading of “Taste of Freedom” with music of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony


11 Responses to “Taste of Freedom”

  1. Eric Dunn says:

    This is magnificent. It is my favorite of your poems. Thanks!

  2. Maria Frid says:

    I resonate with those who love still, who know that the sun has not forsaken us, who see the renewal, simply and beautifully continuing! Thank you, brother! Beautiful!

  3. Christina Pivarnik says:

    Simply exquisite, Don. Yes, let the “fear be swept from the land, corrupt in a flood of purification” and a constant rush of love to cleanse our precious earth. I loved everything about this gorgeous poem of yours. ❤️

  4. Veronica Lim says:

    Don, Oh, joyous words, oh heart of Beethoven coming through your courageous, uplifting spirit! I dance with you as we greet the spring!

  5. Jay Schwartz says:

    Don: One of my favorites. “ The long genuflection to death is forgotten …”, a wonderful line.

  6. John Walsh says:

    Don, This is a joyous song! We breathe now more deeply outside!

  7. Taylor Goforth says:

    Oh yes…we are not mistaken!!!🙏😍❤️

  8. Chris W Dalengas says:

    Very nice, Don!!

  9. I truly loved this poem

  10. Susan Bennett says:

    How rich and poignant..the miracle of renewal and the possibility of expansion of heart and spirit .
    The Pastoral symphony is a perfect match to these words.

  11. Marco Menato says:

    I too feel as if I was shedding decades (perhaps it is centuries) of self-accepted restrictions, opening up vistas that evoke unprecedented “freedom”. When I look at the apparent disaster in Eastern Europe, I also see that of a sudden we seem to have solved the fertiliser eco-problem (we won’t have it!), as well as the fossil fuel eco-problem (we won’t have as much of that either!). I read disconsolate reports about the likelihood of fuel rationing in the near-future, the high-price of travel, the broken supply-lines choking globalisation … and all I feel is … YES! 😉 Much love!

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