There are no Frontiers

There are no Frontiers


For the poet, the writer, artist and composer,

there are no frontiers, no limits of expression or will.

As the natural world in its beauty is a gift,

so the artist, writer and composer are free.

Their gift is inspiration which dwells in their soul,

an inner vision or voice which yearns for release.

The brush stroke, the pen and the musician,

are not confined or controlled by convention.

For the creators there must be a free spirit and a place,

with no observer looking over their shoulder or in their face.

The mind, heart and soul is on a perpetual quest,

it can be entangled in a world of conformity and control.

The canvas and the page must be pristine and blank,

a clear virginal place for fuition to take place.


In solitude they begin their sacred task.

The English poet may write in Spanish or French.

The artist from Brazil paints a frozen arctic landscape.

The Polish composer works outside his native land.

These noble people embrace the world and its peoples.

No landscape or seascape, no language or culture can be excluded.

all are embraced without exception.

They seek their own beauty, honesty and freedom of expression.

They observe and enquire, drawn to beauty and truth.

Many become famous with their work highly acclaimed,

as others are arrested, persecuted and chained.

Artists, poets, writers, sculptors and musicians have their foes,

the insidious forces of totalitarianism and intolerance are about.

Those who would distort, damage and wilfully destroy and attack,

the artist, imprisoned, often carries on until he is shot.


◄ Taras Shevchenko

The Empty Quarter ►


Profile image

keith jeffries

Tue 30th May 2023 13:17

Thank you to all who liked and commented on this poem. It is much appreciated. As poets we are the vanguard of freedom and our eloquence must shine out. So called academics and intellectuals have their own axe to grind and they will always over step the mark. We must remain alert. The enemy is both within the gate and outside of it.
Thank you again,

Profile image

Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Tue 30th May 2023 10:22

Kevin, beware; do not attempt the sonnet form lest you be singled out as a racist bigot-see my post.
A distinct LACK of intelligence appears to be a growing problem in many academic circles.

Profile image

Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Tue 30th May 2023 10:13

Thank you Keith, and very well put; There should be no frontiers, but sadly, Salford University is making sure that there are.😕
Salford University in Lancashire has deemed the Sonnet form of poetry to be "too white and too western"; so they want to "Decolonise the curriculum".

A University of Salford slideshow shared with staff stated that teachers have
“simplified the assessment offering choice to write thematically rather than to fit into pre-established literary forms…which tend to the products of white western culture,”

(All of which just goes to show how little 👎Salford University 👎 knows about literature.)

"The scholar Samar Attar claims in Arab Studies Quarterly that the “formation of Italian literary texts between 1200 and 1400 cannot adequately be understood without reference to the various Arabic and Islamic sources that date back to the seventh century onwards.”".

Profile image

Stephen Gospage

Tue 30th May 2023 08:05

An important poem about freedom and creativity, Keith. The fact that dictators are so keen to silence artists shows how important art and all creative forces are.

Profile image

Kevin Tan

Mon 29th May 2023 19:06

Maybe the Intelligence Services have to monitor us, for the wellbeing of all.


If you wish to post a comment you must login.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more Hide this message