Freedom

January 4, 2013
By so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."


I shake myself awake, hoping to hear Mama’s soft, gentle voice telling me to wash the dishes. I listen more carefully, desperately wishing to hear my sister’s frustrated cries for attention, and my dog’s barks, trying to be heard over Sarah’s cries. I strain my ears trying to hear Pa’s newspaper crinkling as he turns a page, like the autumn leaves outside.
How I wish all my hopes were true, and that I had never made that terrible mistake. Now that I was awake, I found my desires frustrating. It was best not to think about being back home, even more so think about my family. All my hopes had been long-gone, just dust floating in the slight breeze, but suddenly, after all this time, they have decided to return. At first I wasn’t sure why, but then the thought slowly came to me. It has been a year since I’ve been here.
At first I was a beggar and pleaded for my freedom, and then turned to rebellion and cursed at the guards through my tears. It was all too dreadful, too mad and impossible for a child to believe. All of it, from the guards’ rough hands grabbing and taking me away from my family, to the first tears flowing down my dark cheeks.
My mouth always had a bitter flavor in it, and my sandpaper tongue didn’t have enough room to move. I wished for it all to be over. I dreamed of the day when I would see happiness and hear laughter. I had recurring dreams of Mama. How she always smelled like cinnamon, and how her smile stretched across her face, her hazel eyes shining bright. I caught myself thinking about Pa’s hands, so rough and dry, and how he always smelled of the cigars he loved to smoke on those tired Sunday afternoons. I wanted to carry Sarah again, wanted to feel her wiggle in my arms.
All these thoughts kept me quiet, but the pain oozed out of me and the guards smelled it from a mile away.
“Wonder why he ain’t talkin’.” One guard quietly murmured out the corner of his mouth.
“Bet he ain’t gonna bad-mouth the president no more.” The other guard smirked.
Hope quickly filled my heart, like helium filling a balloon, ready to take off. But their icy laughs robbed me from my daydream and left me with a deep, incurable scar.
Ever since that day the scar is still wide open. Every once in a while it burns, a constant reminder of who I am and who I will never be.


The author's comments:
I did this piece for a writing assignment about freedom.

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so_joy SILVER said...
on Aug. 3 2014 at 11:40 am
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

Thank you!

on Mar. 20 2014 at 7:02 pm
CelebrateDifferences, Long Island, New York
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Favorite Quote:
“Gods of Olympus.” Piper stared at Leo. “What happened to you?”
His hair was greased back. He had welding goggles on his forehead, a lipstick mark on his cheek, tattoos all over his arms, and a T-shirt that read HOT STUFF, BAD BOY, and TEAM LEO.
“Long story,” he said.”

Powerful imagery!

so_joy SILVER said...
on Feb. 11 2014 at 6:54 pm
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

Thank you.

on Oct. 18 2013 at 5:07 pm
HollyKatTeenInk BRONZE, Newbury, Ohio
1 article 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind,” (Dr. Seuss).

Really interesting! Its very unique m other poems. Keep writing!! (:

so_joy SILVER said...
on Jun. 24 2013 at 11:42 am
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

Thank you!

so_joy SILVER said...
on Jun. 24 2013 at 11:41 am
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

Thank you so much!

on Jun. 18 2013 at 3:39 pm
dragonfly95 SILVER, Argaon, Georgia
7 articles 0 photos 66 comments

Favorite Quote:
'' there is nothing to fear but fear its self''

Wow, very nicely done. I really enjoyed it :)

JRaye PLATINUM said...
on Jun. 13 2013 at 8:03 pm
JRaye PLATINUM, Dorr, Michigan
43 articles 10 photos 527 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you."

"Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, 'I just don't care.'?"

Beautifully written :) I'm not usually into Historical Fiction, but this is just so good! :) Really great job!

so_joy SILVER said...
on Apr. 9 2013 at 9:41 am
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

Thank you so much!

on Mar. 20 2013 at 8:57 pm
michaela mrianda BRONZE, Temporary, Other
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amazing... simply amazing the story had me on the edge of my see i felt chills as i continued to read.  

so_joy SILVER said...
on Jan. 18 2013 at 9:20 am
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

Thank you! It's about freedom of speech... He expressed his opinion and was punished for it

on Jan. 16 2013 at 1:33 pm
LinkinPark12 PLATINUM, Lincolnshire, Other
45 articles 1 photo 198 comments

Favorite Quote:
Work like you don’t need money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like no one's watching. ¦ I like change - but only when everything stays the same.

I really like this :) I love the description :D But what happened to this person? Were they accused wrongly and put in jail? I'm not quite sure. But it makes you think. I love it all :)

Sarah1517 GOLD said...
on Jan. 15 2013 at 6:56 pm
Sarah1517 GOLD, Vashon, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
We never really grow up. We only learn how to act in public.

"To Be A Slave." It's "pending approval from our editors" right now so it could be a couple days :)

so_joy SILVER said...
on Jan. 15 2013 at 12:41 pm
so_joy SILVER, Navesink, New Jersey
8 articles 0 photos 724 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be the change you want to see."

Really? What's it called? I would love to read it :)

Sarah1517 GOLD said...
on Jan. 14 2013 at 10:33 pm
Sarah1517 GOLD, Vashon, Washington
18 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
We never really grow up. We only learn how to act in public.

This is great! It's funny, I actually wrote something very similar to this :) makes me want to find out what happens next...




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