“Oh, and how those screeching chains
did wrack my aching limbs, sir,
and such was my gritted pain
I squirmed and wormed, flip-flop
flat bellied in the dirt, sir.
Though loud I cried for sweet release
and kissed his earthly feet, sir
the master bade no man to raise me
or give water to sustain me
but pledged devils divide me instead
and my plight was keenly seen, sir.
Excerpt from “Chains” © Rivenrod 2014
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