Free Minds Poem

By SB

When nobody was there, you was
When life brings me down, you’re always there to help me up
When I’m not feeling good, you always know what to say to put a smile on my face
It’s like you can read my mind even though we are so far away
And when I thought life was blank, you guys taught me how to pick back up my pen again
So I wanna thank all of my Free Minds friends for helping me open my camera lens

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18 Comments

  1. k on March 20, 2021 at 11:51 AM

    what a kind poem

  2. Albert Ivory on March 21, 2021 at 6:39 PM

    Writing is so powerful and can help us move in love. This shows how important community and support is when a person struggles. Someone is always rooting for us.

  3. Melissa Norwick on March 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM

    SB,

    I️ really enjoyed reading your poem about this program. I️ am currently a full time student and as a part of an assignment for school we needed to volunteer. I️ looked at our school service page and saw a posting for “free minds book club & writing workshop” and instantly became interested. I love to read poetry and write so this was right up my alley. Poetry allows those to expresses their feelings, thoughts, and emotions into a form of powerful writing that you choose to share with others. I️ also really like that this program is available online so that your poems can reach so many other people who might be experiencing the same thing. Thank you for taking the time to write! Even though this was a part of an assignment, this is an amazing program and I️ will continue to write feedback and read poems as much as I️ can. Keep writing, and I️ wish you the best. – MN

  4. Ayzhiana Basallo on March 24, 2021 at 1:11 AM

    Hi, I would just like to say that I loved your poem. It said so much in such a short and sweet poem. I like how you started the poem with when 3 times and just how you expressed yourself so articulately on paper.

  5. Derek H. on March 25, 2021 at 4:37 PM

    Absolutely wonderful poem! It reminded me that we always have something to say or contribute even when we may feel blank, thank you for sharing.

  6. Joe Fargo on March 25, 2021 at 10:24 PM

    Dear SB,

    Thank you for sharing this poem. I am so happy that Free Minds has been able to support you, and I hope you continue writing and continue finding hope.

    Best wishes,
    – Joe

  7. Amanda on March 26, 2021 at 3:18 PM

    Hi! I absolutely loved your poem! I had many different emotions while reading each separate line, but it made me feel so happy to read the ending. It’s so important to have at least one in person in your life that you know will always be there for you, and I’m glad you found the person.

  8. Natalie C on March 27, 2021 at 3:15 PM

    Hey SB! I just recently joined Free Minds and I love yall’s poetry! I hope you know how much you are loved. Everyone deserves a chance to have their voice be heard and I hope this program is a stepping stone for that. Never forget that you matter and you will always have people who are willing to listen. I hope you are having a great day and I can’t wait to read more of your poetry.

  9. Grace on March 27, 2021 at 4:08 PM

    Hi! I felt so touched by your poem because it lets us know that we have people and communities around us that are here for us every step of the way. It is so important that we lean on these people/ communities to cheer us up when we are down. I love that you wrote your poem about the free minds book club and writing workshop. It really shows how much of a positive impact they have had on you!

  10. Alivia on March 30, 2021 at 12:32 PM

    I love the positivity in this, and I am so glad that this website is an escape to our reality, and keeps faith in your life!

  11. Ashlen on March 30, 2021 at 6:34 PM

    SB – I am so glad you’ve picked up your pen again. Being genuinely thankful is a skill that I don’t think we talk about enough, but it feels really great and can impact every part of your life. I hope the joy your Free Minds friends is something that can stay with you for life. Keep on writing!

  12. Maria Griffin on April 1, 2021 at 9:32 AM

    SB,
    My name is Maria Griffin, and I am a second-year student at Wayne State University in Detroit. This semester, I am taking a class whose goal is to engage with the community, beyond the university and corporations.
    Your poem titled, Free Minds Poem, was very encouraging to me. The words you spoke about this organization, Free Minds, speaks to the depths of impact they are making on people’s lives every day. Free Minds allows writers like you to put out these poems and receive encouraging feedback! I think it is extra special that you engineered a way to say kind words about the impact they’ve had on you as a poet, without straying away from the poetry genre. I also like how the first three lines are in the singular tense, making the reader think you are writing to a specific loved one. But in the fourth line, you turn it to a plural tense and finally verify that you are talking about Free Minds. I think this switch in tenses is important to your poem.
    Overall, great job, SB! Your ability to combine a good review of the organization into a poem is very impressive to me, and I hope you continue to pursue your talent! I hope my comments are just as encouraging to you as your poem was to me!

  13. maggie on April 1, 2021 at 6:07 PM

    The message behind this poem is very nice and I like how it gives thanks!

  14. Ryan F. on April 1, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Hi SB, My name is Ryan, and I teach college writing courses at Wayne State University in Detroit. It’s always inspiring to me to see people find satisfaction and solace through writing. I just learned about Free Minds, so your poem stood out to me because it’s one that’s talking about the group and your connection to it specifically. I really like the last line of your poem, and how you matched the last 3 syllable count and rhyme of the middle of the sentence and the end of the sentence. I also really liked the imagery of “camera lens.” I felt like you didn’t use a ton of imagery until that point in the poem, and that kind of made it stand out even more.
    I don’t know when you wrote this poem, but I hope you’ve been able to keep writing. And I hope that your friends at freeminds have helped keep you seeing things through a new lens. I hope you are well and staying strong in these crazy times. Best wishes,
    Ryan F.

  15. ken on April 2, 2021 at 1:11 PM

    This poem was a nice read. It is always good know that we are helping y’all out just by writing back to y’all about your amazing poems! This poem showed your emotions and your gratitude towards the readers. It was very well written and I enjoyed it a lot! Keep up the amazing work and never stop writing!!

  16. Leenda on April 4, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    This is such a sweet poem <3 I'm glad you have a place to express your art and learn to smile and put yourself out there. I think that's absolutely amazing and this is a great poem to showcase your gratitude and your roots. It's amazing that technology has brought us all so much together even in far away places. Keep up the great work 🙂

  17. maggie on April 4, 2021 at 9:22 PM

    This poem is inspiring and I like how it focuses on a positive person in their lives!

  18. Cameron on April 5, 2021 at 10:57 AM

    SB,
    I love this poem! I’m so glad that Free Minds has helped you find your creative outlet again. I know it’s helped me. Reading all of your poetry helps me feel so connected to all of you, even though we’ve never met. And just like you, Free Minds has helped remind me of why I like to create and write. Thank YOU for writing these poems!
    -Cameron

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