We are born free,

Yet find ourselves,

Fastened with shackles.


Attachments confine us,

Inflict pain at times,

A search for solace sometimes.


We yearn to break free,

Escape and flee,

To somewhere unknown.


But can we live alone,

Or can we stay long,

In a place unknown?


Responsibilities summon us,

Relationships beckon us,

To bring us back to reality.


[Published in the website ‘’ on 23 September 2013]