‘Hope is a slave; Despair is a freeman.’   1 comment

Male Cardinal  in Sabino Canyon, An Early Sign of Spring — Images by kenne

The Freeman

Hope is a slave; Despair is a freeman.’

A VAGABOND between the East and West,
Careless I greet the scourging and the rod;
I fear no terror any man may bring,
Nor any god.

The clankless chains that bound me I have rent,
No more a slave to Hope I cringe or cry;
Captives to Fate men rear their prison walls,
But free am I.

I tread where arrows press upon my path,
I smile to see the danger and the dart;
My breast is bared to meet the slings of Hate,
But not my heart.

I face the thunder and I face the rain,
I lift my head, defiance far I fling, —
My feet are set, I face the autumn as
I face the spring.

Around me on the battlefields of life,
I see men fight and fail and crouch in prayer;
Aloft I stand unfettered, for I know
The freedom of despair.

 
— Ellen Glasgow

One response to “‘Hope is a slave; Despair is a freeman.’

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  1. Fabulous art as always, kenne.
    Lovely Male Cardinals captured!
    Wow! A powerful idealistic poem!
    I ponder deeply ‘Hope is a slave; Despair is a freeman.’?
    “for I know
    The freedom of despair.”
    Ellen Glasgow is a great poet.

    Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

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