• Jameel Haiat

The Chain

Updated: May 5

There are days of light and there are days of dark.

We don't always get to choose what we wake to, what memory will take shape as we rub the crust of sleepiness from our eyes. It may be shadow monsters or sunsets. Whichever memory arises within me, I feel obligated to give it life through words. This is one of those....



(Sung to "Baa Baa Black Sheep)


Little boy, little boy

Do you feel the pain?

Yes dad, yes dad

It lingers in my brain


Daddy dear, daddy dear

Will you please abstain?

No son, no son

My belt shall soon explain


Daddy please, daddy please

I beg you not again

Sorry son, sorry son

My palm knows not restraint


Weeping son, weeping son

You think me inhumane?

Daddy yes, daddy yes

I fear you're quite profane


What can I do son?

How can I refrain?

All I've ever known

You must respect the cane


Dear boy, dear boy

My father was the same

He used his fist to punish

I loved him just the same


I begged him just to love me

I begged him not to blame

I wished he had just held me

I wished he had just stayed


Now I cannot break the cycle

Now I cannot break the chain

I fear that you will follow

Down this dirty dark terrain...









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