Monday, August 4, 2014

Free Spirit--By Paul Callus--Malta

Free Spirit

She is a free spirit rebellious and wild
She’s changing so quickly – no longer a child.
Determined, impulsive, she gets into fights
She wants independence and quotes me her rights.

She is a free spirit now spreading her wings
In search of adventure and trying new things.
She sees the horizon that beckons from far;
Relies on the guidance of her lucky star.

But when the experience starts fading away
She finds disillusion obstructing her way
There’s home as an option to get her on track;
I will be there waiting to welcome her back.

Paul Callus is a Maltese author who writes both in Maltese and English. He has contributed to several anthologies. Apart from poetry he writes lyrics for songs and has published two books, one a story book aimed at children (related to his experience as a teacher) and a historical book based on research.


  1. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following--

    Paul - heartfelt and endearing write

    1. Thank you Jack; I appreciate your fitting comments. // paul

  2. Yes, Paul, this is a very endearing and heartfelt write and of course, a joy for any parent to read and relate to, bringing back memories of a child growing up, too........ So fine to read hear at Whispers! Sheri /

    1. You are right, Sheri. many are the parents who have to face the reality that their children are growing up, and some changes/adjustments will be needed to keep the relationship healthy. Thank you for your positive comments. // paul

  3. Beautiful write, Paul. Even with this often rebellious generation, love will win in the end. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

    1. Thank you Maurice for reading and commenting. As you say, love wins, eventually. Have a good day. // paul

  4. Paul,
    The fact you have written a children's book intrigues me as I did a mini-book through staples which sold around 80 copies and am doing my first collection of poems to come out in a few months.
    David Fox

    1. Hi David! Glad to meet you. Best of luck with your first poetry collection. My children's book did well (considering the small market in Malta); hoping to translate it into English soon. Regards, Paul

  5. Thank you LX. I'm glad that you found this poem to your liking. have a nice day. // paul

  6. Thank you, Beth Winchcombe, for the following--

    Free Spirit by Paul Callus is so true it rings bells for so many of us!

    Warm wishes,

  7. Many thanks, Beth; the young will always have a bit of a rebellious nature, but most of them will grow out of it in time (I was young once, too!!:)) regards, Paul

  8. Paul, oh my yes! What a wonderful and well written poem that speaks to so many of our minds. I have experienced these same poignant feelings seven times with seven children. Grown now, yet still expressing their independence in rebellious ways at times, they know I am here for them with love and emotional support, which is after all, all we can really do. With that being said, don't we each and every one of us have our own little rebellious ways. I know I do even at the ripe old age of 74. I am however living and learning. :) Thank goodness and thank you for sharing your talent.

  9. Dear Charlene, it is lovely to have you stopping by once again to read my poems. I appreciate your support and the lovely comments you leave. I believe that all of us have a rebellious streak lurking inside of us...and even though we grow older it still lingers there, daring to peep out from time to time! Like you, I still live and learn. May you be blessed with many more fruitful years. Take care. // paul

  10. Dear Paul, I wonder if you wrote this for Valentine? We do have to give young people the space they need to find their own way or we risk losing them entirely. If the reigns are too tight, eventually they will break!

    How wonderful "There’s home as an option to get her on track" if she needs your help. There is a saying that "True love means letting go." Sometimes this is true and often those who are unhappy with their new-found freedom will return to us.

    A remarkably insightful poem that gives us a bit of humor as well as food for thought.

    Well done, my friend.


  11. Thank you, Richard Sponaugle, for the following--

    Very universal problem, spoken with a unique persuasive voice. Rhyming is very good.