Unencumbered Time

TLH, 2012 (photo courtesy of Jes Walker)


UNENCUMBERED TIME

gone are my days
of hopscotch, hide-n-seek,
and colored streamers
on bike handles;
shadows shifting in shape,
as days blend one into the next,
with the only purpose
of providing a backdrop
for navigating through
unencumbered time

now my days are filled
with hopping from planes,
seeking out the enemy,
and wearing our colors
on my shoulder while I stand watch,
as days blend one into the next,
with the purpose
of preserving freedom
for my kids and their
unencumbered time

2012-06-21
P. Wanken

inspired by all the moms and dads who serve our country to protect our freedoms

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8 comments

  1. Paula! Such a wonderful contrast in timeframes and purpose. Love that phrase “unencumbered time” thank you for putting your talents to honor those that fight for our right to write 🙂

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    1. I sure wish we didn’t have such things as war…but I am so proud of our men & women who wear our country’s uniform. This poem didn’t go where I thought it would…but as I wrote, I glanced over at a picture of a friend of mine, in uniform, and the words took me in the direction they did.

      Thanks for your encouragement and support.

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  2. Gripping, emotive, and a wonderful way to honor these selfless defenders. Like Sara, I love the contrast in time frame and purpose (perfectly put, Sara). Thank you for this, Paula.

    Marie Elena

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    1. Thanks, Margo… “unencumbered time” was a phrase that kept rattling around in my head…I’m glad I found some more words to put with it! And yes…to finding more of that kind of time…

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  3. Well structured. The contrast between “colored streamers” and “wearing our colors” really got to me. Very powerful. And how you come back to “unencumbered time”. This is strong writing.

    Richard

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    1. Richard:
      Thank you. I tried to give the interests of youth a correlating image in the second stanza…the one you mentioned is my favorite of the three.
      ~Paula

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