“Wake up about four in the morning” May 22, 2010Posted by Jenny in literature, poetry.
Tags: "Freedom", William Stafford
This is a poem by William Stafford that I like very much. It has a bite to it. But it also offers us something.
Freedom is not following a river.
Freedom is following a river,
though, if you want to.
It is deciding now by what happens now.
It is knowing that luck makes a difference.
* * *
No leader is free; no follower is free—
the rest of us can often be free.
Most of the world are living by
creeds too odd, chancy, and habit-forming
to be worth arguing about by reason.
* * *
If you are oppressed, wake up about
four in the morning: most places,
you can usually be free some of the time
if you wake up before other people.
From The Way It Is: New & Selected Poems. Graywolf Press, 1997.