"What had those vile creatures unleashed in me? What beast had they awakened? I think I vowed to kill the beast and bury it so deep in the abyss it would never again rear its ugly head. Part of me did make this promise. The other part embraced an unfolding of life’s inextinguishable flames and the mind’s unspoken bondage."

~ Provenance of Bondage ~

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"As far as reinforcing the strength of my mind’s resolve, I supposed my body was a useless entity. Rather, it was this fancy thing I lived in—a mausoleum that beckoned the living, promising gratification, refuge, solace, peace, even immortality. It wasn’t me. It wasn’t mine. I realized then, it had never belonged to me. I could control what happened to it only if people were merciful. Watching Valentin was not merciful. It was a torturous joy."

~ Provenance of Bondage ~

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"It was an unsettling time of strange and constant shifting between the uncorrupted purity of youth and the reckless foray into a demoralizing coming of age. A choice seemed to continually surface, bittersweet reality or sweet imagination, child or grownup, right or wrong. I kept searching for the in-between, but I couldn’t find it. I felt a rebellious joy as well as a distant sadness."

~ Provenance of Bondage ~

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"The crushing of one’s will didn’t cease with the conquest. Poison oozed from the wound like some fairy tale curse that corrupted your spirit, making it so vile that you couldn’t know or understand your desires."

~ Provenance of Bondage ~

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"An impulsive glance at the sky halted me in my tracks, or had I sensed it? The omnipotent gold of the sun rose against a backdrop an artist might have painted—ominous charcoal gray, flames of orange, nuances of blue, and an invigorating, most passionate purple. In that exquisite hour when hope reigned with the promise of a new day, I saw her— as if a divine force had illuminated her. She was on the roof in that virginal white gown, her dark hair blowing behind her, like a child lost. My heart pounded. I made a dash for the stairs with Robbie close behind me."

~ Provenance of Bondage ~

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"We raced up three flights to the gloomy old attic door with its dark rustic stain and antiquated handle. It was slightly ajar, and I could feel the draft now. The first streak of sunlight in that murky chamber came from the small window and the open roof hatch. We hurried along the creaking floors, beneath the angled ceiling, through the room dusty with cobwebs. A scissor stairway led to the horizontally placed roof hatch. She had her back to us, but she heard us and turned. I thought she could hear the beating of my heart that thumped so violently."
 
~ Provenance of Bondage ~

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I have cried
For your heart,
More than I have ever cried
For my own.

~ A Precious Soul, Remnants of Severed Chains ~

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Raindrops glistened on the rocks.
Flower petals littered
The wet grass.
She saw vibrant orchids
In the fading light of the moon
And, alas,
Tranquil waters glistened
Aqua blue.


~ Dusk to Dawn, Remnants of Severed Chains ~

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He enslaved her
Because she was already
In bondage.
The master was ego.
 
~ Duplicitous, Remnants of Severed Chains ~

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Alas neither damnation
Nor salvation,
Would come,
No terror of some hellish fiend
Or apocalyptic fury
Upon his command.
There was nothing to fear
And there was everything.
 
~ Broken Chains, Remnants of Severed Chains ~

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