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Awaken from the misty dreams of earlier life,
and the brutal harsh slap of
reality; here to confront you
now at this very moment.

You can go your whole existence
thinking you’ve got it all in your pocket
but when it’s snatched brusquely away,
one small trauma,
you find how much room you really had
to grow.

The sweetest remedy is now the
deadliest poison.
The tenderest hugs are now
a lethal choke.

What you had stored down before,
believing it to be never heard of again
comes rising up from the ashes
and takes control of everything
you’ve built thus far.

And the ones you’ve held closest before,
are now distanced at an arm’s length.
For though they felt trapped
you were the bird in the cage
never benefitting from your captors;
the ideas that were always surrounding you-
but never yours.

And now you found the key,
it was in you the entire time
unlock the cage and fly away,
free bird.


~CK




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