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TITLE: Held on a tight rein…

How many times you smothered the flame of my enthusiasm
And you suffocated hope in the dark pall of your depression
Happiness was in my twilight world of pleasant pastel dreams
Where I escaped the gloomy prison darkness of your negativity
Yes, there were times when small shards of joy broke through
the blackness, when you smiled and patted my head
But then you plunged ever deeper into that desert of despair
The bit was placed into my mouth and you drove me with a whip
Flanks sweaty from exhaustion like a steed driven beyond exertion
I cried out to God to free me from this hell, from your wrath
I asked for liberty from a life of slavery and dark desolation
While drowning in oceans of tears and choking on hard knots of sorrow
Within, the child tried to be seen … I saw the sunshine in her eyes
She longed to play again in the wide-open places, dance in the rain
And thread yellow daisies through her long tangled hair
Once I cradled her in my arms and mourned her demise
Remembering the wind screaming through clawing branches
Composed, I played my role so well and yet… inside
I was screaming too

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Open wide the eyes of the mind.
Chanti


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