When something is not talked about,
We get the wrong idea,
That that something is very bad.

I’m realizing, now,
That there are things in my life,
Things about me,
That I have felt very ashamed of,

Because those things were not discussed,
Or, if they were,
That I was given the wrong message.

Now, I am coming to see
That some of my ways of thinking
And feeling are perfectly normal,
Even healthy,

When all these years
I’ve been afraid of them,
Feeling very guilty,
And thinking that there must be

Something very wrong with me
For me to have
These thoughts and feelings.
It’s really weird to realize one day,

That everything you thought
Was the truth,
Is a lie,
And that what you thought

Was bad, is really good.
So, where does one go from here?
I guess, like anything else,
I just have to take

One day at a time,
Slowly relearning
What is okay to think and feel.
It feels good to be set free.


Author: Gordon S. Bowman III

Writer, Visual Artist, Blogger, Advocate

2 thoughts on “Freedom”

  1. Gordon, Thank you for all the Poetry you posted since Saturday. Your words echoed my feelings because I had a very rough weekend. Little did you know but you were one of my Guardian Angels who helped me up the rough side of the mountain. Despite triggers, fears, scary situations, sadness and depression I made it through every challenge. Somehow every poem you’ve posted over the last four days has spoken to an emotion, situation, feeling or circumstance I was going through. I appreciate a Kindred Spirit! God Bless you!!

    1. Glad to be of help! I have to say, I can’t take all the credit. Some of those poems I had already posted a while back, and for some reason they got reposted again. You must indeed have a guardian angel! I hope you are feeling better now, and I’m glad my poetry spoke to your heart. That means a lot. And thank you for letting me know. I appreciate it! 🙂


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