My Free Minds Family


People encouraging people to
frolic with ideas, to take up
causes with themselves in
grasping the choices they
made to be happy or sad:

Abyss of self, pulling in an
effort of self-discovery,
people encouraging people to
touch the fullness of their
heart, minds and soul via
reading and writing:

My Free Minds Family is
made up of a hodgepodge
group of humanity, touching
and exploring the limitless
possibility of people encouraging
people, with the healing touch of
empathy, love, truth, peace, freedom,
justice and equality:
Served up with a lot of
faith and free form


  1. Ian on April 9, 2020 at 2:49 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your work. I really liked this poem, especially when you explore the themes of community and family. I am eager for you to continue exploring these themes and many others. I can tell that the Free Minds group has been a strong presence in your life and I am glad. Thanks again.

  2. Kayelynn on April 13, 2020 at 4:53 PM

    Dear AW,

    Wow, this was a great poem! I really enjoyed the way you talked about writing as a form of self-determination, in addition to communication. I also really enjoyed your word choices when talking about your Free Minds family, it helps readers get into the heart of the organization, what they stand for, and the great things they do for others. Thank you for sharing this poem.

  3. Emily on April 24, 2020 at 7:51 PM

    This is my favorite poem I have read thus far! Poetry is such an amazing way to bring people together and I am so glad it has helped you and your friends. Creativity is so healing and freeing. May you continue to create and become closer with your family.

  4. Katie on May 1, 2020 at 12:03 PM

    I love when you talk about your free mind family as a hodgepodge. I often think about the group of people who I love, and hodgepodge is a fantastic word to describe them. Having a group to rely on is a good feeling and each person is an equal piece to the greater whole; they love you as much as you love them. Great poem!

  5. Sarah Adams on May 1, 2020 at 12:12 PM

    To AW, I think you found something really special and meaningful. I can relate to this. My sports team is a hodgepodge of individuals who make me stronger. I am so happy for you that you found people to listen to your creative words. Don’t stop building your support system because it can be one of the most important things you have in life.

  6. JM on November 11, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    Dear AW,

    Thank you for writing and sharing this poem. I particularly liked the stanza where you describe:

    “Abyss of self, pulling in an
    effort of self-discovery,
    people encouraging people to
    touch the fullness of their

    I like the idea that poem writing and sharing is an effort of self discovery and connection among people that encourages them to heal. This poem was so positive and included so many of the things that make writing and especially this particular project valuable. I also liked that you emphasized, “the limitless possibility of people encouraging people.” That’s an optimistic way to look at it and makes me appreciate the many who have encouraged me. I hope you keep writing and sharing more poems, because I really enjoyed this one and its positive message was really helpful to me.


  7. ken on December 17, 2020 at 10:01 AM

    This is such an amazing poem. I like how you basically explained the word and then gave the word at the end of it. It was a really good in-depth poem! Keep on writing and never quit!

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