by Bernard K. Means
This is a key
It’s a handsome key as far as keys go
Symmetrical, clean lines and simple details
Slightly rusted, but then it is old
More than two centuries in age
As a key it could open things…. a box, a trunk, a drawer?
A lock….. yes, a lock…..
And it could close things, bind things
Bind a person
This key closed a lock that linked chains
Chains that bound a person
A person removed from their home
A person carried across a wide ocean
A person and their children and their children’s children