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Staring down the dark empty halls of loneliness
Left devastated, vulnerable and absolutely helpless
Will we ever walk out into the light to find happiness
My intuition feeds my terrifying pain and agony
Don’t mistake these words for please of sympathy
I just wish I had the keys to unlock pains misery
Do I really need shackles do I really pose a threat
I have only begun to be a menace you haven’t been terrorized yet
Bolted, held down and not leash free
In all my days I never thought that would be me
Desolation, gloom, fright, misdoubted and nothing gained
Can you believe all these things come from being chained

Jailed, caged, incarcerated, and constrained
These are some the reasons we can’t maintain
Under lock and key in the penitentiary
Keeper, Gaoler, warden, guard, and turnkey
Those people who can sustain us in captivity
Jailbird, convict, inmate, felon, and internee
That’s what we are called constantly
A sense of relief soon an impossibility
Penalized for what they call encroachment
When you’re free you no longer can approach me
Without uncertainty, fear and anguish
Because you were once in fetters and punished
One day we will not have to be retained
When that day come don’t forget how you were “Chained”

September 11, 2003
Inspired by 10,000 Black Men Named George

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