I can see them dragging at your feet,
As you run with some trepidation-
My chains of caution.
I can see them cramp your tongue,
As you swallow your stories-
My chains of castigation
I can see them curtail your imagination,
As you imitate with robotic precision-
My chains of convention.
I can see them coddle you at times,
As you try to break free-
From my chains of care.
I hope you will forgive me someday.
It was simply meant to prepare you,
For chains much heavier than these.
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