A loon communes on the lake, the lake is a tear drop on Mother Earth, the ripples flow like glass being blown, I am perched on my porch. The loon cries once more, I puff on my cigar, the smoke shifts indecisively, it moves much like the unchained around me, free willed and wild. I dream of being unchained. My branches stretch out, they yearn for the sun, but heavy grey clouds hang on puppet strings. Overcast and encumbered by responsibility, they shroud the sun, blanket it with regret and doubt. I dream of being unchained. I lower my branches and shout, but no one hears, my voice is chained. The loon cries out, it echoes unrestrained.