The Weight of Traditions

Traditions are heavy. Pulling you backwards,
They force you to live in the past, shielding
The future from your gaze. They weigh on
Your shoulders every minute of each day.
They pin you to the ground, denying you
Any progress, any prospect of a new life,
Preventing you from flying free of any chains.

In order to be able to rise in the light, you must
Break any fetters holding you down, dragging you back.
What do traditions represent? They are sets of rules
Established in a past era, imposed upon you,
Whether or not the current time and place calls for them;
They may be redundant or obsolete; they may also be
Out of context. Allowing traditions to ensnare you amounts to
Surrendering every chance to reach for the stars...

© Djehane Hassouna, 2005

Rainbow of Emotions, page 17

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