On Freedom

Vintage Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Scoop

A man
who marries
can’t play the field
his freedom checked
by his own choice
Merely ask
his wife

A woman
who enlists
in the marine corps
cannot opt to sleep in
her liberty given up
to her code
of conduct

This life
may offer us
Baskin Robbins’ menu
of 31 delectable flavors
Choosing even three
will leave us
28 short

We are boundaried by
that we choose to love


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to On Freedom

  1. Thanks for the kind word, Damien . . . I appreciate it!


  2. and yet, it is by our choices that we gain our freedom


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