once, i dreamed
everyone was bound by
no one could see them but i.
some were bound by doubt;
others, anxiety; still others, fear.
the chains wrapped around the soul, then extended
on the ground.
(though i did notice that some were unchained –
they were very few, and tended to create things.
there was fire in their eyes.)
even invisible chains make noise
(or so i thought – everyone either couldn’t hear them or pretended
the chains dragged and clanked
making the most terrible racket
and the noise was deafening –
then i awoke to find
it was never really a dream