Poem: The Dream

To be a bard
To walk as a free man
To tell the tales that made me
And the ones that broke me

To be a bard
To walk as a free man
To tell the tales that made me
And the ones that broke me
To walk all lands
But never belong
To love all
But never to claim anyone as mine
To make friends
With people of all tongues
To hug a beast
And to find similarities
To be me, only me
Not what they want me to be
Not what is right or the social rule
Not what is common
Not the forced versions
Not the rushed ones either
Not what they want me to believe
Not their manipulations
But to be me
Just me
The one I will recognize
As me and mine always.

Author: Lirio

The author is a former I.T. professional hailing from Kerala, India. She writes online under her pen name ‘Lirio Marchito.’ Her write-ups mainly include poems, short stories, book reviews and blogs. She writes in both Malayalam and English. Her first book/poetry collection in English, 'The Blue Rabbit' was published by Writers Workshop, India in 2021. Amazon: https://www.amazon.in/Blue-Rabbit-Joyce-Job/dp/8194998514/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58649315-the-blue-rabbit Publisher link: https://www.writersworkshopindia.com/books/the-blue-rabbit/

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