Posted in Freedom Poem, National Poetry Day 2017

Freedom Poem for National Poetry Day by Jonathan Humble

Freedom

 

Suppose I wasn’t here today

Behind a desk at school,

and say

 

Instead of maths and grammar stuff,

Of which we do more than enough,

I left this place and caught a train,

 

Flew in hot air balloon or plane

Across the sea to Timbuktu

To meet the Tuareg with whom

 

I’d wear deep blue alasho and

We’d ride out on Saharan sand

On camels out towards the east,

 

To live in tents and later feast

On goats’ milk tea and baked taghella,

With cheese and dates bought from a seller

 

Of gorgeous African cuisine,

Then watch the sun set on a scene

Of such delight and beauty rare,

It stands alone without compare

 

And beats hard sums and parsing flat

So much, in fact, I dare say that

If I were asked to swap my place

 

Behind a desk at school and face

An option far from tests and strife,

I’d choose the free nomadic life…

 

© Jonathan Humble

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Author:

Poet and owner of Lola the alert dog. Author of Animal Magic, poems and scientific facts about wildlife. I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals, and organise poetry events.

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