Houdini did it

those chains that run through your veins
bind you just the same
as the chains in your mind.
You choose to
adjust to,
but nobody likes you
so why bother?
We’ve always been tied,
whatever powers there’s been
we know that
they’ve always lied
and we
in our ignorance
(which is not bliss)
have complied.
does not compute,
but they’ll shoot us down
as if we’re mad dogs
and all that we are,
are poets.

© 2019, John Smallshaw.