Caged Mentality by Franklin
There is a dog locked in a cage that is not much bigger than itself.
Week after week food and water is provided and sometimes clean newspaper,
But never is the dog allowed to leave its cage.
Years go by and a child sees the dog and wants to play, and so opens the age to let the dog out.
Reaching out and calling, waiting for the dog to come out, instead the dog cowers in the back of its cage.
Not willing to be touched, but most of all, not wanting or willing to leave its cage.
A man is incarcerated for 30 years for something he did when he was 20 years old. Now 50 years old he
is told to get ready to leave, his time is done.
The morning he is to be released he sits on his bunk looking at his home for the past 30 years, thinking,
The officer comes and gets him, and after signing the needed paperwork, he was given some money and
a bus ticket to his hometown.
After getting off the bus, he walks around the town not knowing what to do or how to act.
When it’s night he takes a large rock and breaks a store’s window. Sitting down inside the store, he
waits for the police to come get him.
When asked why he did this, he said, “I want to go back home.”
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