Poem: “Redemption”



is a lot on your mind

so it makes me want to shine

so when people look they might go blind

I live in the tree something like a pine

when I reach I’m reaching for the sun

and it’s the first time …

I’m not reaching for a gun.


  1. Mary on November 23, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Dear Free Minds Poet,

    I love your poem! It is beautiful and complex, yet expressed so simply and with such a perfect parallel structure that it shines and blinds just the way you do.

  2. Krystal on December 5, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Great poem! I especially like poems that force me to analyze the deeper analogies and meanings behind the words. For instance, “I live in the tree something like a pine” caught my attention as I read it multiple times. I love the analogy of a tree – which is symbolic for life and growth, and that you are in this tree of life and growth and perhaps “something like a pine” is symbolic for the rough edges of your life or that pine trees are always visible and full of life all year round – no matter the weather. I found the below passage about pine trees which seems to fit this analogy perfectly:

    “When other trees shed their leaves and grow barren during the cold winter months, pine trees and other evergreens stay lush and green, making them a potent symbol of the persistence of life. Control over water loss explains why pine trees stay green.”

    Thus, in your redemption you have remained in control and will continue to thrive! All I can say is continue to reach for the sky and seek the sun for strength as you redeem yourself in this thorny tree called life!!!

  3. kassidilenae on November 17, 2020 at 3:02 PM

    I love the imagery you create in this poem! An image of darkness, a gun, verses an image of hope, the sun. I hope you continue to reach for the light even when the darkness feels all-consuming. You are strong and capable. Keep writing; we hear you!


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