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2017 WORDS UNLOCKED WINNER: Chains

Title: Chains

Facility: Center for Human Development Assessment, Massachusetts
Teaching Artist: Amy Tisdell
Poet: Mark

POEM TITLE: CHAINS

I’m stuck in the chains,
I mean I’m stuck in the game.
The chains are from the devil,
He throws them on my back.
They are the ways I was taught as kid
I did things that I needed to do
To get me and my family the things that we needed.
They’re weighing me down,
I’m struggling to take steps forward.
Every time I try to run away I stay in the same place,
I wonder who’s holding me back but the devil has no face.
I’m stuck in the chains,
I mean I’m stuck in the game.
The chains make my back ache every step I take,
But step by step the chains I’ll break,
I know I’m strong because of all this weight.
I’m stuck in the chains,
I mean I’m stuck in the game.
Its dark and I’m blinded,
My pride is my candlelight,
But it’s not enough to guide me through this pain.
I’ve got my candle but now I need a torch,
I need love, advice, and support.
If only I can see my chain’s weakest link,
I’ll be able break it.
I’m making my way to the sun, I’m looking for change.
What does it feel like to break the chains?