Isam Hussain

(8-12-1938 / Iraq)

Breaking Free is Hard to Do


With one hand the past
pushes us forward;
with the other it pulls us back.
How can we realise our free will
if we are restrained by the past?

Our freewill is never free;
our today remains coloured by yesterday.
Yet the desire to break free
is too strong to be held at bay.

At times we escape briefly into a new day;
smell the sweet scent of its free air
and make believe that we are free.
Alas, not so; the past is toying with us
before its hand pulls us back once more.

Submitted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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