Where the mind is free

Encountering difficulties is the most humbling

And inspiring experience on planet earth.

I have known hunger and thirst,

Lived in limited spaces,

Drowned in the waters of indifference,

With not a single grain of compassion.

I never dramatized poverty.

Poverty is dramatized by fools, says J.K Fowler.

Because I treated my rags with pride,

God gave me the riches

Because He knew I would treat them with humility.


I sit not marveling at my riches,

I focus on the diseases and disorders

Of this world where life is a cacophony.

With my pen, incredibly fortunate to have one,

I raise my voice on behalf

Of those who  have no voice.

I arouse the thinking mind of man

Helping them make that liberating discovery

Where intellectual finesse

Rises to the surface.


Because we think together,

We behave like sheep.

If we thought separately,

We would have walked like lions,

Cautious, commanding respect,

Moving with pride and sure of ourselves

In any environmental condition.

We would have that clear-sighted earnestness

Powerful enough to enlighten

Our lucid and luminous insights

And all  our weaknesses

Would fall like Autumn leaves.


Albert Camus, in the depth of Winter,

Finally learned that within him

There is an invincible Summer.

O man! save and shape your mind,

Liberate it from the chains of slavery,

Slaves of the race of power and prestige,

Slaves of fake ideologies and philosophies,

Slaves of living and thinking styles,

Slaves of standards and bench markings,

Slaves of others, the world as a whole.


Free yourself from the traps

Of the gloomy world.

Be your own true self,

Detached from those stuffs

That pull you down to the status

Of the inferior man.

Rise up and touch the sky

Where the mind is free.


pramila khadun



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About pramilakhadun

I am the holder of a Bsc degree in Food and Nutrition from S.N.D.T University,Pune,India.Have taught this subject in a private institution for almost thirty-five years.Currently, I am retired and travel alot with my husband Raj, daughters Dr Rajnee and Priyum and son Airline Captain.Had my first book of poetry published by Minerva press, London and other two in Mauritius.More coming soon.I love poetry and enjoy reading poems of poets across the world and I feel Destiny Poets is the right place for me.

6 thoughts on “Where the mind is free

  1. Kamlesh Acharya

    Enchanting and inspirational. Used quotes perfectly and to right effect. Very unique style. Thank you for sharing.

  2. VijayNair

    A fervent call to mankind to shrug off it’s slavish mindset:” Be your own true self”. A whale of a poem !

    1. pramilakhadun Post author

      I am so happy and feel so proud of your comment dear Vijay.Thanks a lot dear for being always so loving and faithful in your comments in connection with my poems.


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