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Today on haibun Monday I would like us to write about freedom.

Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
Nothin’, don’t mean nothin’ hon’ if it ain’t free, no no
And, feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when he sang the blues
You know, feelin’ good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee

Freedom is one of the most popular words, but it’s also one of the most misused words we have.

We always think that freedom is something good, but when you think closer it can be hard to leave the cage. In a relationship we chose to limit our freedom by committing most of ourselves to one person. We live in a society where we are constantly free to make choices, which many think of as a burden, and finally our freedom often limits other’s freedom.

If you love somebody, if you love someone,
If you love somebody, if you love someone set them free.
(Free, free, set them free.)

Think of the freedom of driving your car down a highway for instance. You listen to music and if you have a convertible you feel the wind through your hair, but If you look how the road crosses the landscape you will see the cases where the road slices through footpaths and lanes, limiting people (and animals) who want to walk as they have done for centuries.

Or take your freedom of speech. We all know that we might anger someone or we might cause hurt. We might cause damage to ourselves too if we says anything that feels right at the moment.

Or the freedom that money can buy. I love to be able to drink what I want, or eat what I want, but my freedom comes with both benefits and costs.

I would like you to think about both the benefits and the cost of your freedom. Take an example of choices you made to limit or expand your freedom. Are there cases where you have entered the cage, or where you limit your freedom to benefit others.

But freedom is something is something to struggle as Maya Angelou wrote in her poem Caged Bird

When you have written your haibun (please keep the prose under 200 words) and added a haiku, link it below. Take your time to visit others, reflect on freedom and have fun.

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