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I Am Not Yet Dead!

I have not yet lived!
Why hound me?
I have not lived my life through yet!
Why bind me?
Why put me in chains
At the bidding of those
Who imagine that they know better?

I was born a free man in a free
And glorious world. Do as you will,
As long as you harm no other,
Is the maxim by which I live
And the one that I answer to

I answer to no one
Who by force will tie me,
Will cajole me to act as all others do
Because it’s neater that way.
Screw neater is what I reply
To all who confine the spirit
And have us toe the line.
Damn the line say I
With all the force I can muster.
Let me live my life as I see fit
And not the way you want me to.

I am not yet dead!
Why kill me?

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Red bloodied defiance of the “correct” order.

After a working lifetime spent in visual communication of one sort of another, Andrew is now happily retired and living in peace and harmony with the world and his adored wife Bonnie, a retired opera singer and active voice teacher. They live in north Devon UK.within 10 minutes walk from the sea.

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  • Christie  Moses
    Christie Mosesalmost 5 years ago

    OH heck yes!!!!!!! I LOVE this!
    To all the free spirits I say Cheers!!!!

  • Speaks to you, does it? I thought it might. Thanks, Christie, love

    – Andrew Bailey

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockalmost 5 years ago

    Love this….get up..dust off your shoes and get going again because death isn’t ready for the likes of you..too many more dragons to be slain and rivers to the title and the flow just moved nicely.

  • Non illegitimi carborundum – pig latin for Don’;t let the bastards grind you down, mate. YEAH!

    – Andrew Bailey

  • princessleah
    princessleahalmost 5 years ago

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! Exactly how I feel today! Kudos to you Andrew!

  • Thanks, princess. :-))))

    – Andrew Bailey

  • Yvonne Churchley
    Yvonne Churchleyalmost 5 years ago

    Do as you will
    as long as you harm
    no other
    is the maxim by which I live

    One of many rules I set myself to live by and hope I have passed on to my children
    Along with treat others as you wish to be treated :))

  • You have it in one, Gem!

    – Andrew Bailey

  • raymondoantonio
    raymondoantonioalmost 5 years ago


  • Good on yer,Ray. Ripper. And you bloody right mate

    – Andrew Bailey

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroalmost 5 years ago

    Brilliant Andrew… are your own!

  • I have always tried to be, Cos

    – Andrew Bailey

  • hsien-ku
    hsien-kualmost 5 years ago

    what a warrior’s spirit you have! fight them on the beaches and never surrender!

  • I am an Englishman through and through, my dear. I value my individual freedoms but am always mindful of my responsibilities. But, nobody is going to sucker me into ding anything I do not want to do.

    – Andrew Bailey

  • Valentina D
    Valentina Dalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic empowering write . i started to sing that old song "Don’t fence me in " :) after reading this excellent writing!! :) V

  • Could be my theme song. Thanks for that.

    – Andrew Bailey

  • Kelelina
    Kelelinaalmost 5 years ago

    Got to admit ths one put smile on my face!!! GREAT WRTE!!!!!!!! Love this :)

  • Thanks Cheryl

    – Andrew Bailey

  • Kelelina
    Kelelinaalmost 5 years ago


    You have been featured in Writing: Persuing Happiness

  • Oh WOW!!!! That’s great. Thanks a lot

    – Andrew Bailey

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