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Poem-Free as a Bird-A Dream-Response to Word Prompt Week 29

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Poem-Free as a Bird-A Dream

Poem-Free as a Bird-A Dream

Word Prompts Help Creativity-Week 29-Freedom

Brenda gave us the word prompt ‘Freedom’ this week. The word brought to my mind an article I had read where the author mentions two kinds of freedom. 'Freedom from' and 'Freedom to'. Freedom from hunger, poverty, lack of shelter constitute the basic form of 'Freedom from'. The American psychologist Abraham Maslow, who is cited as one of the prominent authority on human psychology constructed a hierarchy of needs which illustrates the evolution of ‘freedom from’ to higher and higher stages of ‘freedom to’. As society evolves and the basic physiological requirements are met, man seeks higher levels of freedom in his search for fulfillment, like comfort and financial security, emotional wellbeing, love, friendship, and family bonding, according to Maslow.

Higher in this pyramid of motivation is gaining social and professional esteem. Finally, the apex of this pyramid is what Maslow called self-actualization. That means attaining one’s full potential as a human being. In his paper titled ‘A theory of human motivation’ published in 1943, he traces the evolution of the various degrees of freedom that man seeks in his attempt to seek fulfillment and reach his full potential.

True Meaning of Freedom

Most of the time, we live a life trying to please others and seek approval for our actions from people around us or try to conform to the norms and rules set by society. We constantly live worrying what others think of us or what the future has in store for us. So instead of enjoying the present by living in the moment, we live in continuous dread of the future and keep brooding on past difficulties and troubles that we had faced and suffered. So we cannot be said to be living in freedom in the true sense. Many times, we are forced to give up our passions for the sake of practicality. Our freedom is constricted by societal norms and familial bonds.

A passionate singer or actor gives up his ambitions to pursue his or her dreams as it does not ensure a stable and secure future and opts for a profession not dear to his or her heart. As a result, they are not truly happy or satisfied. We rarely find a person who is not restrained by any rules but lives life on his or her own terms. One can achieve true happiness by striving to live one’s dreams and passions and charting out one's own path. Such persons do not fear discrimination and being judged but live with courage, self-confidence, and belief in their abilities. They are the ones who have attained true freedom. Freedom of mind body and soul.

Freedom-An Acrostic Poem

Freedom in the true sense means

Right to do as one wishes

Equal opportunity, pursuit of happiness

Express one’s ideas and opinions freely

Demand justice when denied and also

Of not causing harm to others

Mostly it is a state of Mind

Free as a Bird

Free as a Bird

Poem-Free as a Bird-A Dream-Response to Word Prompt Week 29

I dreamt I was a bird

Into the horizon I merged

Flying high in the sky

To the cage I said goodbye.

Enjoying the new found freedom

What a feeling it was to have some

Freedom from the restraints and

To go anywhere that I pleased.

To find freedom from being judged

From limitations that tie me down

From fear of failing or falling.



Freedom to soar higher and higher

The glorious sky getting brighter

beckoning me on, never to retire.

What a great view it was

Like a canvas painted by the Gods

Of mountains and forests and seas

The flight finding true direction

In the breeze of transformation.

Zen Quote

Zen Quote

Freedom from pain and anguishes

No desires and no disappointments

Freedom from unfulfilled promises

From familial bonds and restrictions.

Being true to my own self and content

With a heart full of love and peace

Like a voyager seeking passage

Into an expansive realm of freedom.

To realize my full potential and wisdom

Progressing to a path of self-discovery

Being free from all earthly constraints

And reach the ultimate goal of spiritual Freedom.



VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 14, 2021:

Thanks Peggy for the visit and the kind comments. Much appreciated. Yes the plight of many people who struggle to fulfill basic needs is really sad. For them freedom from deprivation would mean real freedom. And the plight of women is much worse. In a world so advanced, there are still people who don't really know the meaning of true freedom. Have a great day and week ahead dear friend, stay blessed.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2021:

You put so much thought into what you wrote regarding the basic needs that must first be fulfilled, and then the ultimate freedom of soaring in the spiritual realm. I loved it! It is sad that so many people are caught in trying to fulfill that first of basic needs. Freedom can be hard to achieve in many places worldwide.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 14, 2021:

Hi Rozlin, thanks for the visit and comments. I am happy you liked my response. Yes I really wish that we all could live in a world free of strife and violence, with peace and love. Freedom in it's true sense is very precious and rare. Have a blessed day and a great week my friend.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 14, 2021:

Hi Flourish, thanks for the kind comments. Much appreciated. I am happy you liked it. Yes I wish that too, especially the women. Seeing women suffer without rights and freedom, even in this day and age, is really heart rending. I pray that things improve. Have a blessed day and week, take care my friend.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 14, 2021:

This was lovely, beautifully high-minded, and soaring in spirit and I wish that all people were as free as you depict in this poem. I especially think about the rights of women as I read this poem.

Rozlin from UAE on September 14, 2021:

What a joyful read, Vidya. Great response to Brenda's word prompt, freedom. This is a well written and we'll explained article on freedom. I liked your both poems, specially the last one, free as a bird. Thank you for sharing.

Many blessings to you, dear friend.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 14, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada, thank you for your sweet words. It means a lot to me. Yes my muse did go blank for a while on this word prompt. Grace woke my muse to come up with this response. I am glad you liked it. I was really impressed by Maslow's theory of human motivation. Only when we have access to basic needs can we think of higher freedoms. This theory is relevant even today. Have a great day and a wonderful new week ahead my friend.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 14, 2021:

Hi John, thanks for the kind words. Coming from an excellent poet like you, means a lot to me. Congratulations on winning the HubPages best poet award. It's a well deserved award and we are all so happy for you. Looking forward to more wonderful poems from you. Have a blessed day and week ahead my friend.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 14, 2021:

Thanks Lora for your kind comments. Yes Maslow's theory of human motivation feels relevant even today. Only when basic needs are met, which for many people is not the case still, can one think of higher degrees of freedom. The motivational pyramid illustration of Maslow is really very impressive. Man's quest always is to better himself with a goal to realize his full potential. In Indic philosophy the ultimate goal being spiritual liberation and uniting with the supreme consciousness as per the scriptures. Have a great day and a wonderful week ahead my friend,stay blessed.

Lora Hollings on September 14, 2021:

I always thought Abraham Maslow was right on in his thinking about human behavior as a hierarchy of needs with physical needs having to be fulfilled first before a person could go on to fulfill more social and spiritual needs. You did a great job at analyzing his theory, Vidya, and applying it to the concept of freedom. I also loved your acrostic and inspirational poems. You did a wonderful job with this prompt!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 14, 2021:

This is a very interesting article, Vidya. Both the commentary and poetry are enjoyable reads. An excellent responcse to the word prompt "Freedom."

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 14, 2021:

Great response to the word prompt, freedom. I really liked, how you have explained the idea/ concept of freedom. It’s not so easy to explain the term, freedom, but you have done a wonderful job.

I liked your poems also. Altogether, an insightful article, very well written.

Thank you for sharing!

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 13, 2021:

Thanks Brenda for you encouraging comments. And also for giving us such wonderful word prompts I am glad you liked my response. My muse did take more time to come out with this idea. The word prompt Freedom this week brought to mind Maslow's theory of evolution of the freedom of man from basic needs to higher and higher states of freedom. Have a blessed day and a great week ahead. Lots of love.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 13, 2021:


In your introduction you tell us there are two kinds of freedom: 'Freedom from' and 'Freedom to'.

Freedom from is usually hunger, poverty, lack of shelter.

You tell us about an American psychologist Abraham Maslow, who believes the evolution of ‘freedom from’ goes to higher and higher stages of ‘freedom to' ~ he searches for fulfillment, like comfort and financial security, emotional wellbeing, love, friendship, and family bonding.

He continues seeking fulfillment in an attempt to reach his full potential.

You tell us we usually seek the approval or acceptance from others, constantly worryimg about what others think.

We are not living in the true sense of freedom.

Only the one's who follow their passions have true freedom for they chart out their own course in life.

They do not fear what others think or allow boundaries to exist on their own choices.

Your poem, "Freedom-An Acrostic Poem" shows us how our mind can actually decide our own freedom.

Your Poem-"Free as a Bird-A Dream" shows us how we feel when we let go of the restraints holding us back & begin to enjoy our freedom.

Our hearts fill with peace as we are true to ourself realizing our full potential.

We reach our goal. We have found spiritual freedom.

These are excellent poems.

I love the symbolism of the bird soaring free, leaving his cage behind.

Feeling the peacefulness as we no longer fear being a failure.

Soaring higher & eventually finding our freedom.

Great work. I'll post a link in the word prompt article .

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 13, 2021:

Thanks Misbah. Your kind comments are uplifting. I struggled a bit with this prompt as my muse turned silent for a while. I am glad you liked my response. Have a blessed day and a great week ahead. Lots of love to you.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 13, 2021:

Hi Pamela, thanks for the kind words. Reading your comments made my day. I admire your work and I feel that the award you received is well deserved. Your work on Hubpages is outstanding. Have a great week ahead. Looking forward to reading all your wonderful articles..

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 13, 2021:

Thanks Manatita. I feel honored by your words. In our eastern philosophy, this same idea is reflected in the progression of man from brahmacharya to sanyasa, the ultimate unification with the supreme consciousness.

manatita44 from london on September 13, 2021:

Beautifully expressed! I was taught about Maslow in college. He painted a good picture, but you took it much higher, especially towards the end. Great!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 13, 2021:

You always rise to the challenge of Brenda's prompts. We do seldom find a person wo does 'fear discrimination and being judged'. I agree completely with you.

I love to think of a bird flying free of the cage.Your Your poem about freedom is wonderful, Vidya. You are so talented. I always love what you write. Thank you for sharing with us. Blessings to you.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 13, 2021:

Vidya, your poems are lovely. Beautifully scribbled and well-expressed. I enjoyed both, but my favorite was your acrostic poem on freedom. I also liked how you summed up your second poem. An excellent response to Brenda's word prompt, "Freedom." Thank you for the delightful read.

Blessings and Love to you!!

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