When Freedom Comes: Painting & Poem

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When Freedom Comes. Original oil painting on canvas, 27“ x 30“, © 2012 Tiffany Davis-Rustam.

When Freedom Comes.
Painting and Poem by Tiffany 

I know not how a light appears
in such a deeply velvet blackness,
but it did, and always will.

It starts as tiny as a fairy’s wing,
whispering memories of truth
and grows into a lightbulb ring
humming into ears during elusive sleeps of youth
indignity stirs within,
you sense a shroud pulled over eyes

Through the head in time there grows a rising symphony
The tender hearts awaited a joyous dance
while bodies are shackled to weighted clocks,
they force your hand to their machines
holding us down in darkness
while the sun shines its promise outside.

Them who have drawn the the blinds on truth,
have set us into endless race of time for dollars
to put the shoes and house and all our feet
Fining all who dare to step out of imaginary lines.

It’s said that we were made for greater things
than those tiny prison cells.

Out there
diamond suns beam from grassy mountains down below
bringing cloaked mysteries to crystal lakes of
clarity for all to see.

When the first spotlight shines in,
When freedom comes,
we shall all have a right to live for ourselves.
When freedom comes,
We will all sing and dance in sunbeams.
When freedom comes
there will truly be life with liberty
and the pursuit of happiness
for you and for me.


The painting When Freedom Comes was painted on repurposed plywood salvaged from a theatre production, with a gritty texture of sand mixed in for texture on the black bars.

Here’s the purchase link to the painting and prints on Etsy.

3 thoughts on “When Freedom Comes: Painting & Poem”

    1. I’m thinking you must be kidding about this last comment, as I believe all kinds of arts are free to be combined, art of any kind should be allowed such contextual freedom!

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