Poetry – "Fair Freedom"

Fair Freedom
by Jennifer Patino

“The real loneliness
is living among all these
kind people who only ask
one to pretend!” – Edith Wharton

to the nines we are decked,
on display
proceed, the prancing
young ponies,
their tails braided tight
an age we are coming to
At this age,
what are we coming to?
fashionable, respectable
independence, or are
rare pairings the better instance?
unlawful, scandalous affairs run wild
til they are reined in, tamed
in pretty rows, unashamed
in peonies, lilies of the valley,
yellow rose petals at play

Author’s Note- Inspired by Edith Wharton’s “Age of Innocence”

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