Trapped in a Cage with a Tiger

I’m trapped in a cage with a tiger.
Its garish mask,
Its terrorizing teeth.
Its eyes that speak deceitful lies.
Its jaw that sees the meat.
The ominous presence that hints at an essence
Of a prey named fear that brings darkness to all incandescent.
A beast that needs to eat.

If only I were free.

I’m trapped in a cage with a tiger.
The ingress to smiles,
The portal to frowns.
The quiet whisper of riot.
The strident shout of peace.
Through the wild sway of 365 days,
With happiness and hardships in a boundless array of ways.
A roar that just won’t cease.

If only I could see.

I’m trapped in a cage with a tiger.
Its gentle touch,
Its loving character.
Its bite that offers quite a fright.
Its snarl that summons my shriek.
Lived through the laughs that shatter and tears that scatter.
The ineludible tragedies that murder what matter.
A dream that wakes the weak.

If only the beast could flee.

I’m trapped in a cage with a tiger.
And in my hand I hold the key.

Artist: Casey Robin
Emma McNamara

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