Life, Liberty and a Pursuit


Life, Liberty and a Pursuit by Terry O’Neal

let me be free to live
to dream, to love
to write this poem
without censorship nor
political correct/ness
fearless of judgment
by you or anyone else
who may not approve

let my voice be bold
to lift chins of the young
glisten eyes of the wise
and ring old wooden bells
far off within the bronzed shadows
of Egypt

let me be rhyme
care/less/ly prancing
from sheet to sheet
consciousness to consciousness
mixing among the dearly loved
black poets of the 1920’s – Harlem, Chicago
and a small place somewhere
in Missouri

let my spirit soar un/bound
wander across ancient lands
tread barefoot along the bridge
above the Rhine, shaking hands
with kindred spirits
whom I’ve met along the way
on my pursuit
verse by verse
growing young
as the day

Terry a O'Neal
the authorTerry a O'Neal
Bestselling author, Terry a O’Neal, whose poetry has been published in numerous magazines, journals and newspapers around the world has been named among the most popular African American female writers of our time, featured in a book entitled “Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature”–a list of women who’ve left a mark on the wider world through their writing. O'Neal is the author of four volumes of poetry, Motion Sickness, The Poet Speaks in Black, Good Mornin' Glory, and The Sparrow's Plight; two children's books, Ev'ry Little Soul and My Jazz Shoes; the award-winning novel Sweet Lavender; and two full-length feature screenplays. O’Neal is well-known for her dedication and time devoted to uplifting today’s youth, encouraging them to “carry out their dream, no matter how unlikely it may seem”. She is the editor of the publication, Make Some Noise! A Youth Poetry Anthology, an anthology for youth ages 12-18. In addition to her published works, O'Neal is a film producer and educator. Currently, she is an instructor of English, literature, and communications in higher education in the United States.