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October 10, 2010
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I am not free
I am a bird
trapped in a cage of expectancy
I am not free
Only as free
as society will have me be
I am not free
to travel the world,
to sail my ship
or to quit my job and take a trip
I am not free to take a flight
to a distant country and be back by tomorrow night
I am not free to leave my respectability
I am restrained to a job
I am tied to money
I am merely an object of aspiration
This revelation is my plight
I am glued
to the ground that grounded me
this is my fright
I am the hostage of struggle
doomed to ordinary
tatooed with routine
black and blue with rebellion
a stricken warrior
who failed to see
that I am only as free
As the world will have me be.

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