To Break the Chain

In Plato's story of the Cave,
prisoners watch the shadows dance
cast by fires far behind
(where no one ever pays much mind)

and this captive audience
wears chains to keep them grounded, firm,
and most remain content to stare
until someone starts to dare

to break this chained reaction down,
escape the dark to brave the blaze
of day, and gaze around
to realize what lies abound.

To Break the Chain © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: March 26, 2019