Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Mighty Force

Yell Sound, Shetland, 2014, by R.A.D. Stainforth

 For what avail the plough or sail,

Or land or life, if freedom fail?

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The grand escape of bondage's chains
 is carried by swift feet to a better place.

We untie the knots and cut what binds
 with bloody hands in record time.

Risking capture we press on brave
forging for freedom through wind and rain.

Freedom's hope is not a faint of heart force
that sails forward no matter how rough the course.

It has a message that whispers not
it yells of liberty and never stops.

For anything that stands in it's way
is risking downfall for freedom's sake.

The will to survive is a mighty force, so when our life and liberties are in danger all the courage our soul possesses carries us through to escape the hands of peril where they lay.  Like adrenaline increases our strength to lift a car off a mother's leg, our deep longing to breathe in the place we feel we belong empowers us to defy the odds before us.  When I saw this picture prompt provided by the one and only Stainforth, the first thing that popped into my head was the word escape.  You can view it as a wonderful vacation escape to the isles or fleeing to other shores from danger or the law.  However you look at it, the word escape holds a powerful meaning in our lives.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this photo spoke to me one big one.



  1. It spoke to me in such the same way. Funny how one simple photo can be so remarkably inspiring! Lovely post, thanks for sharing it.

  2. Powerful and rather moving response to the prompt...

  3. Dear Carrie. I wish we could sit across from one another over coffee, or soup. I would lean forward from time to time and hold your hand. I hope things are well for you. You've had a great escape of your own; haven't you?

  4. Yes, the photo does certainly suggest a trip to freedom.
    It just flowed so beautifully, Carrie, and | was rather moved ~ Eddie :)

  5. Yes, a beautiful, desperate escape! Well done Carrie.

  6. Beautiful! I especially like this line: "Freedom's hope is not a faint of heart force that sails forward no matter how rough the course."

  7. Deep message. Freedom does have its share of trials & tribulations. Some are willing to do anything for freedom...

  8. Survival instinct. So necessary. So lacking these days...

  9. Your message is loud and clear ... thank you, Carrie .
    Well done ... and wonderful photo to accompany the inspiring poem

  10. There is a passion in your words, like bells pealing on a crystal clear morning , or a singing sword , cleaving the air crisply as the warrior practises her moves on a coastal cliff .....

  11. Passionate indeed. And you, more than most, know that freedom is not just the vote!

  12. Lovely poem to escape in to..sometimes we all love to claim our bondage, sometimes, we all like to escape with some.

  13. Most inspiring poem. Love the 'it yells of liberty' line. Well done.

  14. Perfect Emerson quote for the Magpie. I like the patriotic spirit of your poem.

  15. I read this one out loud...lovely...


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