Free to Love / Libre d’aimer

Free to Love

am free to love as I please,
You, the skies, the seas, the birds,
the fishes.
You are free to love as you please,
Me, the skies, the seas, the birds,
the fishes.

You are sky and I am sea.
I support you on my blissful
undulating body
and you cradle me
in your wide cozy arms.
I let you drink from my essence,
You replenish my spirit in return,
in an eternal,
ecstatic dance of life;
…of death.

Our bloodline is of the stars,
our children are mountains, trees
and streams,
theirs, birds, bees
and fishes.
Our native tongue is Freedom,
our culture is Joy,
our spirit, Love.

I am free to love.
You are free to love.
We are free. 
We are love.
We are…

Andrew Lue-Shue – 2019

Libre d’aimer

Je suis libre d’aimer à ma guise,
Toi, les cieux, les mers, les oiseaux,
les poissons.
Tu es libre d’aimer comme tu veux,
Moi, les cieux, les mers, les oiseaux
les poissons.

Tu es ciel et je suis mer.
Je te soutiens sur mon corps
ondulant bienheureux
et tu me berces
dans de larges bras douillets.
Je te laisse boire de mon essence,
Vous remplissez mon esprit en retour,
dans une danse éternelle
et extatique de la vie ;
…de la mort.

Notre lignée est celle des étoiles,
nos enfants sont montagnes, arbres
et ruisseaux,
les leurs, oiseaux, abeilles
et poissons.
Notre langue native est Liberté,
notre culture est Joie,
notre esprit, Amour.

Je suis libre d’aimer.
Vous êtes libre d’aimer.
Nous sommes libres.
Nous sommes amour.
Nous sommes…

Andrew Lue-Shue -2019

This is a poem that I wrote in 2019, but have refined it and am presenting it here during World Unity Week. It expresses love in its essence as ubiquitous, infinite and unconditional. Love is a primordial force that unites us with the rest of life on Earth and beyond. It is the centre of who we are and who we were at birth. It is probably what we will encounter at Death’s door. In reality, Love is a choice: we are free to embody it or to reject it. The only thing that changes by our decision is the relationship we have with ourselves, with others and with nature. Our choice either reinforces the vibrational energy around us or weakens it. It is perhaps what some refer to as creating Heaven or Hell on Earth. The last line of the poem We are … We is the essence. It means that we are unity even when we are separated by time or space.

Note: The poem was written in both English and French simultaneously and as part of my creative process, the subtleties in the syntax of each language served to nourish each other. They are presented here together. For the purists; native tongue is not literally one’s mother tongue, but our native disposition that expresses who we are inherently. 

Why We and Us?

Why am I proposing the personal pronouns we and us instead of the non-binary they and them? Nor do I mean the royal We and Us, but the humble we and us …the inclusive we and us. Perhaps then because they are even more powerful. We live in an epoch of divisiveness where they and them can signal mean discord in our communities and sometimes even in our families. They can accentuate otherness in a negative light. “I am a social democrat but those right-wing conservatives make my blood boil”; “I am a straight God-fearing man and those sinful gays will bring doom to my safe world view”; “I cannot stand to pass by those ugly neighbourhoods next to the highway… I cannot fathom how those folk can live like that”; “Strange food odours are coming from the new neighbours from wherever.”

Photo showing discord.
Photo by Alex Green on

You get the point… and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Judgement and its offspring Prejudice corrupt civil societies and they blind us to the reality of who we really are. They not only colour how we see each other, but they also mask how we see ourselves. On one hand, we see ourselves through a telescope that enlarges our ego, but on the other hand, we look at others through a microscope seeking out the defects.  

What is a judgment? It is an opaque label that we stick on our mental image of others… and sometimes our self-image, thus blocking out the real person behind that label. The same is true for situations; our judgment in that case is a lens by which we try to make the situation a reflection of our values. All we may see on the label is a nomenclature and a fine printed list of ingredients with arbitrary percentages of daily values that help us choose whether we invest or not our energy. The truth is… our judgment is nothing but a projection of ourselves that blocks our view of reality and restricts our ability to see our true selves reflected back through the eyes of the other. What we like in others is what we find admirable in ourselves and what we dislike is what we detest in ourselves. 

“Quidquid recipitur ad modum recipientis recipitur” – Saint Thomas of Aquinas1

Excessive judgment is learnt behaviour imparted to us from our society and so it can be unlearnt or at least, managed. Through conscious effort we should replace it with discernment which is necessary for our survival.
The difference is in the engagement… the willingness to not judge, to accept reality as it presents itself to us and to understand it. Conscious non-judgment allows us to be in a mindful relationship with life, with others and with ourselves.

group photo- showing group engagement
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Non-judgment brings truth and integrity back into our relationships and infuses life into our communities. We can dethrone the I and me from the pedestals of incivility and indifference in the increasingly individualist society that we have become. We are certainly more powerful than that and together, we can make miracles. Let Us shine our light into the dark and become beacons on the route to a better world.

Dear reader, I do hope that my words inspire you and that inspite of any differences we may have, we can all consider ourselves an integral part of this We are One community.

Pax, Lux et Amor 

 1: Whatever is received is received in the manner of the receiver – Saint Thomas of Aquinas