Dogs 2014

NO EASY ESCAPE
(6/8/14)


a vine
of thorns
is Nature's
barbed wire

once ensnared
by either
any movement
will exact misery

neither
the vine
nor the wire
worry
about their prisoner's
distress

a victim
has the choice
of suffering
the terms
of self lacerted
freedom

or waiting
miserably
for a sympathetic
passerby
to free them

to reduce
their
discomfort

sole suffering
is always
the best course
for the soul

a better
personal reminder
to avoid
such similar
entanglements
in the future

but the hurt
serves another
a purpose

pain teaches
us
to be smarter

to be stronger

to thrive
alone
reanimated

or else
to submit

to withdraw
or to join

to die
either alone
or in a crowd
humiliated

we decide
how
we learn
from the experience

we determine
how
we heal

we choose
our new
identities

because
if we
allow others
to choose
them for us

we will
be wearing
masks
of failure
for the rest
of our lives

~

let our faces
not
be our fears

let our scars
of self earned
emancipation
shine
in the sunlight