CONQUERING FREEDOM, ET CETERA – VISUAL VERSE

This month’s Visual Verse photo prompt was not only challenging but also spoke to me on a very personal level. The only way I could respond to it was by drawing on my experience as someone who had taken part in peaceful protests in Serbia in response to electoral fraud in the winter of 1996/97. It was cold and times were tough so it came as no surprise that many people connected. Apart from subversive badges, demonstrators who didn’t have a partner back then were often wearing badges saying: Looking for a boy-/girlfriend, So green but haven’t been picked/sprayed yet (with a picture of a green apple on it) and so on. There was a guy who got pretty popular at the time because of the banner he was carrying: Just hang in there a little longer. I’m about to find a girlfriend.

Having all this in mind, I’m more than excited that my poem found a home here.

Author: Blogging_with_Bojana

I'm diggin' Need to grow, have to push Flicking through vinyl and feeding the rush I dig for that one and I open the haunt It's takin' all day from the back to the front I'm diggin' and diggin' You know Sorry baby I'm gone diggin' www.bloggingwithbojana.com

74 thoughts on “CONQUERING FREEDOM, ET CETERA – VISUAL VERSE”

      1. It’s pretty realistic. I just saw what was there, nothing more, nothing less.
        It’s not perfect, but this shows we should be fearless and submit, regardless. For some reason, people love more the poems I’m not so keen on. Hmmmm, this should tell me something.

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  1. I have never stopped to think about ‘gearing up’ as a protester. This was really a preparatory piece for how to do just that. I am sad that you went through protests but at the same time realize you were in many ways empowered. I’ll never feel that. This was as close as I come, reading your Visual Verse. Thank you for making it a memorable experience. 💜💜💜

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      1. We’ll, best not check the social media
        downpour, Bojana. ‘Cause it’s raining
        hearts and flowers! Just give it 24 hours
        for it to settled down. Then we can get
        back to the serious business of WordPress,
        to tear down the capitalist system, and
        exterminate the rich … Oops sorry!
        I get a bit carried away. It always seems
        to happen … on Valentine’s Day!? 😎

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  2. I shared this all over Twitter and completely forgot to come over here yesterday. I am so proud of you and so thrilled to see you on VV!!!! Your poem is brave and exact and perfect! I love you, your courage and your tenderness, the way you embrace all of the elements, your fierce way of living. Adore you, Gorgeous Lady!

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    1. I haven’t even noticed it. Thanks for the campaign on Tweeter. You’re my best agent ever.
      An interesting thing happened recently. VV didn’t publish me in Dec but sb else seemed to like the poem. Life moves in mysterious ways.

      Thank you for being you. You are my inspiration and my strength. Sending lots of love your way.

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      1. I was reading what you wrote to B, about the poems that are not your faves being some that others seem to love. I find this happens a lot. What one place rejects, another will happily give a home to. 2 of the poems I have in the recent issue of The Opiate were passed on by Rattle, but then they found the right home. It all works out. The most important thing is that we keep creating in the most honest way and be true to our own voices and hearts.

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      2. I have found it varies with The Opiate. I think it was about 6 weeks before I heard and I know another writer who heard back in a matter of days. It depends how close it is to the release of the issue and how busy they are, I would guess.

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