Christina A. Sharik


A bamboo cage a prison makes –
a bamboo screen, a door –
and iron shackles chain the body
to the wall or floor.
Bamboo can’t chain the spirit
or destroy the human soul
though there are times when loneliness
must take its private toll.
So what is Freedom to the man
who knows what it’s about?
I think it’s someone dear to him –
enough to eat
and a door that opens…
… out.

Author’s Note: For Dieter Dengler, former Vietnam POW