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Poetry

Free?

by Peter Duff

Are choices freely made just as it seems
Or do the atoms choose for us instead?
Do people just respond or intervene?
By choice illusions are we each misled?
If now I choose to work instead of play
Is that because that impulse is more strong?
Else what decides which impulse will hold sway?
Are we the movers or just moved along?
And when decidedly I am resolved
To take some course of action come what may
Was I observing or was I involved
In that decision in the proper way?
Despite the doubts, I must believe I’m free
Accepting that I am too near to see.

© Peter Duff 2016

Peter Duff is a solicitor with a small practice in Blackrock, County Dublin. For more, visit his daily poem site at dailypoem.net.

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