Freedom Means…

freedom means
the liberty to question
without enslavement of answers

freedom means
breaking of bondage from belief
it is praying with palms joined
and praying with open palms

freedom means everything
freedom means nothing
and being happy with it

freedom is in music
freedom is silence

freedom means leadership
without any followers

freedom means repose
without any sleep

freedom means temple bells
freedom means the call to prayer

freedom means never having to come back
freedom means never needing to leave

freedom means smiling even when no one is looking
freedom means crying when everyone is watching

freedom also means
never having to explain
what freedom means to me


Inspired by the question “What does freedom mean to you?” asked by my friend @That_Ammar on Twitter. Thanks Ammar!

18 thoughts on “Freedom Means…

    1. Thanks Kunal. You woke up to this poetry, actually so did I. It just came to me in the middle of the night and I wrote it down. I couldn’t find anything to write with except a kaajal eye pencil. So I really shouldn’t take any credit for it as I didn’t do any thinking.

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      1. That’s amazing! I try & sleep with pen & paper besides me purely for those inspirational moments – of course, the it’s difficult to decipher what I’ve scribbled in the dark! But you have a gift from the ooparwallah, use it the best you can! Stay blessed!


  1. Dear Sonya,

    Thank you for sharing this poem. We all seek freedom. We just need to be careful about whose definition we purchase.

    All good wishes,



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