The Great Escape

I got out when I had to
When staying grew too painful
Severed ties, lost contact
A deliberate isolation

To be free of their tender,
Merciless clutches, to be
Forever something else,
Aloof, someone untouchable

It didn’t work. Persistence
Persevered through time
And trials, their will
To find some crevice

To lever an unarmoured
Chink in my still-
Fragile shell, their hooks caught
My skin, to dangle

Once more struggling,
Hungry with anger
At fresh bait and old lures
For fish who should know better

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