Freedom is hard to tolerate

Sometimes when you suffer it feels like being in prison.
Life is very constrained and there is little joy.
At first you make many attempts to escape
but you are always foiled.
If you do get out you are quickly caught
and brought back in again.

Eventually you settle down to a life inside.
Prison routine is dull but predictable.
Your fellow inmates will pass the time with you.
You can serve out your indeterminate sentence.
The world outside becomes akin to a myth.

Here is what you can do: use your time
to study very carefully those who guard you.
Who are they, what are they like, how do they do it?
Practise being like them.
One day, when you are good enough
you can simply walk out with them at the end of the shift
and no-one will notice.

Here is a warning: the world of liberation outside
will be so unfamiliar that it will be hard to tolerate.
It may be necessary to come back inside the next day.
But now you have the skill to move in and out through the gates
you can study very carefully those who live outside.
Who are they, what are they like, how do they do it?
Practise being like them.
One day, when you are good enough
you too may be able to live in freedom.

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