Sunday Poem – Once You Taste Freedom You Can Never Go Back

Once you have tasted
The freedom that lies
Beyond the prison
Of drama and
Self obsession
You can never go back
A butterfly can never
Go back to being
A chrysalis.

There is such joyous relief
At no longer
Living
Like 
Pavlov’s dog.
It changes 
Everything.

There are only two
States,
A prisoner
Or a free man.

The bars are all
On the inside.

The prisoner had no choice.
He didn’t choose the prison
It was imposed on him
And in his innocence
He believed all he was told
We all did.
Everyone is innocent
At first.

But when the prisoner realises
He is in prison
He has a choice.

That choice is
The most important choice of his life.
To stay in prison
Or to dismantle, brick by brick
Bar by bar
Guard by guard,
Slowly or instantly,
The entire prison
That has held him 
All these years.

And if that is his choice,
Once he has tasted the 
Freedom that lies
Beyond the prison
He will never return.

Such is the journey
Of inner freedom.
It cannot be given
It must be chosen.

Hastings, UK, at Dawn. Such calmness.
Hastings, UK, at Dawn. Such calmness.
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