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Below is the poem entitled Chains which was written by poet Crystal Cross. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Bound in chains by my carnal flesh's choice
Knowing I possess the ability to stop
Yet self-control powerless
I have lost yet another infuriating battle within

Beat down
Stumbling through the mire
Hardly getting up again
Needing to summon the courage
To beat this monster raging beneath the surface

Do I have the strength to beat this thing for good?
Or am I going to willingly lock the door
That holds me in this prison
I question myself, and my ability
But I know I can do it,
I have been down this path many times before
The key now dangling in my reach
Will I step out and take it
Grasping hold of the contentment I so desire
That only I myself can satisfy,
But have held back
so stupidly, all this time
Paralyzed to begin on this long journey
Believing it to be too big a fight
Struggling to the end

All I can do right now is take that first step
No one can do it for me
Now slowly inching forward,
Armor in place & my sword drawn
Ready to conquer & destroy the fierce dragon

Copyright © Crystal Cross

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  1. Date: 6/1/2010 11:58:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Crystal. May you have many more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 5:22:00 PM
    Crystal - I agree with Joseph - This is excellent - Congratulations on having your poetry featured this week, God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 10:40:00 AM
    Wonderfully written piece - many congrats on your feature this week. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 6:25:00 AM
    This is excellent. I like the expressiveness in the message. The courage to move ahead is quite clear. Just do it. Welcome to Poetry Soup. Great job! Joseph

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 1:25:00 PM
    So much truth in your words. This is a heartfelt poem. Congratulations on having it featured. Keep that pen flowing. Wishing you ongoing success. Karen

  1. Date: 5/18/2010 7:08:00 AM
    It was a pleasure to read your poetry this morning Crystal. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with inspiration. Love,Carol

  1. Date: 5/17/2010 5:30:00 PM
    great poem of human spiritual war, and the war of good and evil. we all battle everyday even if we are not aware of it. Thanks for sharing today and welcome to poetry soup.