Dear Whispers’ Friends,
Thank you for sharing your words for the September activity. I really appreciate all the time Inge Wesdijk put into this wonderful column. She opens the door for a variety of views, one that gives us a chance to pause and reflect about the idea of liberty…especially in the context of “anything goes” versus moral responsibility. I have missed our writing family, your light and your encouragement of others.
We don’t have control of the sands of time. And sometimes, we may feel a bit adrift, the title of Jim Teeters opening poem. As writers, we do have a chance to embrace the lonely, uplift the down trodden and shine a light in our international community.
I am anchored to nothing but the wind
passing aimlessly beneath a pale sky
a lone seagull dances the expanse
I float toward the shallows
seaweed sways, encircles my legs
then lets me go waving goodbye
Jim Teeters, United States
They provide cool shade for all who pass
Without regard for race or class.
Their strength and beauty they freely share
With people in nations everywhere.
Noble teachers are these steadfast trees
That exemplify true liberty.
Molly Moore, United States
A Joyful Dance
Birds of Paradise,
those lovely colourful gems
high up in the Jacaranda.
Can still hear their mating call
Their brilliant plumage,
a fluttering feast of splendour
Gert W. Knop, Germany
In Pursuit of Liberty
When I see our flag
a surge of freedom penetrates
my soul with grateful memories
of brave men and women
who gave their lives
in pursuit of liberty
John W. (Bill) Williams, United States
Hand me a hammer
This lightening sky pulls my eye
upward from newly darkening earth,
too many gulfs, too few bridges…
I will build one bridge today,
I welcome this lightening sky
to ease my work.
Richard Carl Subber, United States
There’s a door
In the floor
And it’s made
Stefanie Bennett, Australia
Earthquakes, tornadoes and tsunamis!
Being saved brings me to grateful knees.
But do I wait for rescue from a flood
Before I'll bow my knee in gratitude?
Gratitude rescues me from spiritual death!
Sometimes I foolishly reject "living breath"?
Charlene McCutcheon, United States
Archons give rules and freedom both at once.
Breath in and then you must let go your breath.
Chains keep some locked up, climbers safely linked.
"Depend": a word for slaves or friends in need.
Events can be controlled or not, with help.
Freedom is not yet liberty, not yet.
David Leslie, United States
My eyes above nightfall
Equal to any streaking point of light
My spirit is free to journey without limit
To the destination my soul inspires
James Marshall Goff, United States
This is the world in which we live
we all must share and that means to give,
terra firma could be a star
if we were diamonds to glitter afar.
Love, compassion and truth would exist
if all earth’s people would simply persist.
Gerald Heyder, United States
He left the confines of his cell,
and sniffed the morning air,
he squinted upwards at the sky,
the sunshine on his hair,
he turned to view the jail and vowed,
"I won't go back in there."
Jack Horne, England
World wide free expression
Every where people should be free
Say as they will in expression spree
Spreading love all around in victory
With no fear or hate troubling any
Just a people writing in cause of we
United, we plan in a world of plenty
Yancy Lee Dalton, United States
We Need Friends
is a necessity.
Whether a dinosaur
is at our door
or a current enemy,
we all need help.
Eleanor Michael, United States
Praying for Peace
Forward thinking staying the course
Applying logic instead of force
Taking heed of good advice
Diplomacy works it's nice to be nice
Calming fear relieving tension
Peace in North Korea, no armed intervention
Allan Ball, England
The Right to Grow
Liberty is the right to grow,
to push out beyond our roots,
no matter how pinched and needy,
no matter color, sex, or traditions,
to cultivate the person
that makes the world a better place.
Elizabeth Howard, USA
About a half mile inside the city we turn around.
It was just a joke, there's nothing good downtown.
We've work to do, tillen the crops and seedlings abound.
Take some time, smell the fresh air, help a friend with a frown.
Liberty City folks are free, be who you want to be, all is sound.
They don't want folks like us around, so I made a u-turn out of town.
Constance Escobar, United States
I Am Privileged
I have the power of choice
able to respect your opinion
while being free to express mine
without fear, pressure or deceit
I am at liberty
to live and let live.
Paul Callus, Malta
One and all
Allowing us to be individual in the
David Fox, United States
black and white.
Joan Leotta, United States______________
Some earthly time ago it was clear
Shadow free, glitteringly alive
Filling the head with extravagance
Without need to complete or empty
Reaching a zenith .... then slow decline
Now, but the memory while I'm in captivity.
Land of Liberty
The Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore,
Yellowstone, Yosemite, Carlsbad,
Denali, the Everglades, Great Lakes,
Smoky Mountains, white sand beaches
--spirits of the earth sing
their welcoming song
Barbara Tate, United States
Lamp of Welcome
In the United States,
we have a Statue of Liberty.
She asks the tired, poor,
and huddled masses to come.
Now some say, douse the lamp,
and send the immigrants home.
Caryl Calsyn, United States
Polishing and flourishing process
I wish every soul could thrive
Wherever it seeks to dine and live
Everyone desires humanity's pat
I wish l could listen to the diversity
Of songs whose lyrics define and refine
Dignity and generosity into divine pebbles
Ndaba Sibanda, Zimbabwe.
I found a bee upon a stone today
While sitting in the shade a palm tree away
Through wings that were translucent and as fragile
As a pair of ghosts who shimmer through
The haunted halls of dreams I saw myself.
What better place than Earth to rest one’s wings?
By John Polselli, United States
A Lyrical Swell
Starlight stirs my coffee
the moon a soft croissant
new tidal ebb in accession
impassioned lyrical swells.
biscuits await on the doily
August eclipse a memory.
Ken Allan Dronsfield, United States
A cherita (untitled)
is not always valued
when we have it
but is much-desired
when we're deprived of it . . .
a world in need of care not warfare
Mary Gunn, Ireland
side by side
in good times
Peggy Dugan French, United States
side by side
in good times
Peggy Dugan French, United States
Basking in Liberty
in a field of dreams…
free from clutter, spreading my wings
Karen O'Leary, United States
No time pressure
Inge Wesdijk (DaginneAignend), The Netherlands