The prompt for NPM21 scavenger hunt is to write a Magic 9 poem on the topic of slavery, freedom, or manumission. So a Magic 9 poem is a 9 line poem with the rhyme scheme of abacadaba. There is no required meter and no line length requirements. As for the topic, manumission is the act of freeing a slave. The word manu comes from the Latin for hand and mittere means to send from. So it is basically releasing from your hand something held tightly. This one can be interpreted in several ways but there is such a thing as a divorce decree as well as an emancipation decree….
From your hand set me free
I’ve worked hard and paid my debt
I served you well you will agree
Discharged my duties without complaint
Release me at once not by degree
Your promise keep I beg you do
Sign the paper make the decree
No more waiting to make me sweat
Put an end to my slavery
I’ve noticed that there are more people who enter into agreements that make them indentured servants (which is a fancy term for voluntary enslavement). I see it daily. Every time someone starts to smoke or vape or chew tobacco they are entering into a relationship which enslaves them. They are now at the beck and call of nicotine. Soon they will be unable to walk away and their new master will control their every movement. They will avoid restaurants, leave grocery stores before completing their shopping, have to excuse themselves from church, even leave the dinner table to get another dose of nicotine. Others enter slavery to drugs or alcohol. They will abandon friends, family, jobs, even their homes on the orders of their master. Of course this is an extreme. There are lesser masters and easier slave drivers – the slavery to fashion, peer pressure, work demands, dieting and debt. But the easiest enslavement? Love. Hands down. Why else would you be compelled to change a diaper? Help maintain a household? Cook? Love makes those chores much less onerous. I suppose my cleaning and clearing of closets is my feeble effort to throw off the shackles of consumerism. What are you a slave to?