By Kate Flournoy

In losing lies the finding.

In sacrifice the gain.

Freedom is a binding rope,

And liberty a chain.


Loving is releasing.

Releasing is relief.

Devotion is a letting go,

And knowledge is belief.

Hatred is unworthiness.

Unworthiness a void.

Grace is for the graceless one,

And reason has destroyed.

In giving up lies victory.

Humility is strong.

Submission leads to freedom’s gate,

And time is not so long.

A spirit lives forever.

The lives of men are mists.

Work is vain endeavor,

And a paradox exists.

kate_sprofilekp_copyKate Flournoy is a seventeen-year-old authoress and die-hard political junkie. She lives with her parents and nine other siblings in the Hocking Hills of southern Ohio, where they run a cabin rental business. She has been homeschooled all her life, and to date has written eight completed novels (only four of which are worth mentioning), numerous poems, and a handful of short stories. Besides writing, she enjoys singing, drama, reading, philosophy, psychology, painting, and a host of other minor hobbies such as calligraphy, wood burning, and jewelry making.

She loves deep discussions, vibrant colors, strong tea, and old books; detests all board games except chess; and has a dangerous habit of walking around with her head in the clouds.

When not writing or reading or practicing musical trios with her sisters, Kate can be found diligently attempting to be witty, climbing an occasional tree, and avoiding her three deadly enemies: coffee, cream cheese, and shrimp.

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  1. Hey, one of my favorite topics. You should expand this some day to include all the other paradoxes. I like the flow.
    Keep up the poetry.

  2. I love it Kate! Its so rhythmic and meaningful. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow, Kate, beautiful job! I love how you are able to “work in” rhymes so effortlessly. 🙂 The rhythm of this poem is perfect, and the message even more so. Great job!

  4. Sarah Spradlin says:

    I love this! I agree with Greta–there’s a great rhythm to this piece that gives it a seriously awesome quality to it, not to mention great content. 🙂 Keep it up, girl!!

  5. I never liked poetry until I found KP. This is beautiful, Kate. Keep it up!!!

  6. This is so beautiful! The depth of meaning is awesome, and the rhythm is perfect. The last verse reminded me of Ecclesiastes. Is that where it’s from?

    • Well… sort of? I certainly pulled the last sentiment from Ecclesiastes, but the rest of the poem is pretty random as far as inspiration goes. I just kept finding paradoxes that were too intriguingly lovely to let go of, and I figured if I couldn’t explain them I could write a poem celebrating them and it’d be almost as good. 😀 I’m so glad you liked it!

  7. This is just so… so… I LOVE it! The simplicity and the truth. And I love paradoxes. 😉

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