Ostensible Shackles

The shackles were pretentious,
drawing attention from near and far
for its tall tales were extravagantly atrocious to believe
and people swarmed in to see
how an​ ironclad​ could cage
the ferocious animal from the wild
the man-eater​
one who always salivated for gore
how could someone arrest its soul

The beast roared,
growled, leaped and showed its anger
in abundance at first
but soon it realized
he was confined
and he surrendered to its fate,

One who used to hunt
was surviving on morsels from its keeper,
the wilderness disappeared
and its anger dissolved in oblivion
now though the shackles had vanished
but it never leaped free
for he lost his hope

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