Thursday, October 7, 2010

Remove the Shackles

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It's time to remove
the shackles.

The angel at your left ear
finally reports:

“The bindings have reached
their expiration date.”

Free your self.

You are not the property
of others,
of culture,
of dogma,
of your limiting beliefs and fears.

Stop volunteering
to wilt in the dungeon.

Let the gallows be nothing
more than a guano-encrusted pigeon perch.

Give the heavy, cold chains
that have weighed you down
back to the wounded-child-Master
link by link,
like prayer beads
intended for a long meditation
on compassion.

Refrain from thrashing
with shame
for where you have been.

release yourself to live,
from this moment forward,
in communion with
empathy and joy.

Turn towards the
tens of millions still bodily
and so many more
indentured in soul.

Become an abolitionist
of what no longer serves.

I know,

You now know
how to set

© 2010-2017/Jamie K. Reaser
Published in "Note to Self: Poems for Changing the World from the Inside Out"

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  1. Beautiful! I LOVE your work! please keep writing!
    Linda Morgan Smith
    Facebook Fan

  2. Thank you LMS! Many blessings to you...

  3. I shared your work on my blog, and it was well received!

  4. Thank you Linda. Your work is fabulous!! I believe that I saw some of your art when I was in New Orleans a couple of months ago.

  5. Thanks for reminder on FB. I missed this one. What a beautiful meta-for chains. Link by link ... thanks J.