he's very good at doing that mental monkey dance

within the lengths of the chains of self

but he's turned a dance of freedom

into the pale pantomime of a prisoner

fancy dance doesn't replace emancipation

the self can spend so much time entertaining

that it forgets the struggle to be free

that the dance is to shake off the shackles of self

not to amuse the other prisoners or to wallow

in the self-stimulation and mental masturbation

compassionate listening does not mean

he can get his mental rocks off at my expense

perhaps he'll accidentally stumble out of those chains

I did but I doubt it