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Prisoner

Rew
Fire of Insight
England 13awards
Joined 30th Sep 2022
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Sentences from a Prison

They fuck you up your Ma and Pa †
and mine did a killer job on me, †
with their frantic need to seem bourgeois †
stuffed me full of inhibitions, see? †
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They imprisoned me inside my head †
with their injunctions on public act †
with nervous Ma " Oh, they'll cut me dead! " †
" If you " †to me " †don't behave, with tact..." †
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My mother †" Come away don't speak with him †  
or them or those or her don't skip be still †
be quiet, I'll smack, (she never did) †but looks can kill...
†  
Be sure to say please and thank you †
but be quiet till spoken too, mind your P's & Q's †  
don't fidget, †keep your hands away from..." as I grew †
I became withdrawn and knew I'd been †  
imprisoned in my mind. I doubt I'm the only one †
my parents were imprisoned too.
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Grace
IDryad
Tyrant of Words
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Thank you for your entry Rew

Mrd
Fire of Insight
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On the Lessons of Pacing

You can take five steps † †
if you know how to do it † †
one-two-three-four † †
pivot-on-five. † †
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Go back the other way † †
pivot again † †
the opposite way † †
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this time † †
so the equilibrium † †
there in your ears † †
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does not swirl †
and throw you into † †
a world of vertigo. † †
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Keep going. † †
Look out the tiny slit † †
of frosted glass window † †
† †  
so high up at six stories † †
not even the shadow † †
of a passing cloud is cast † †
† †  
but once the beating shadow † †
of a bird balancing omen † †
on the outside ledge † †
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the shadows fluttering † †
like the bird-god Tarkenesia † †
playing a squeeze-box † †
† †  
and you think † †
how appropriate † †
squeezed, squeezed within a box †
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with no hot water † †
but knowing ramen will soften † †
in time † †
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even in cold water † †
and on Thursdays † †
the minimum-wage woman † †
† †  
will come by with her cart
and brown paper sacks † †
with commissary† †
and visit a bit. † †
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She will be the one † †
you will fantasize of † †
someday being able to thank † †
† †  
just for her kindness † †
the how-you-doing-today † †
MR D and this ain't forever you know. †
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And how the clang of doors † †
and the shuffle and squeak † †  
of Bob Barker clad feet † †
† †  
moving by and the next-door cell† †
sobbing during the night † †
muffled so you know † †
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he wants no one to hear † †
or see, the eyes peeking in † †
to violate your privacy. † †
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And when † †
it is finally late enough † †
with nothing left but regret † †
† †  
you pace again † †
no clocks to tell you † †
time to sleep, just darkness, † †
† †  
just the body clock † †
running down, springs relaxing † †
from knots of anxiety † †
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and you think of Jesus † †
and how he promised † †
in the way of the prisoner, † †
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Yea, though you make up † †
your bed in hell, † †
even there I am with you, Big Dawg. † †
† †  
Got your back. † †
We can do this. †
††
Chinga su madre
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IDryad
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Rew
Fire of Insight
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I'm Wintering?

I'm wintering from frigid air
my bloodless bones cold air can't bear,
north winds were whistling ' get inside '
I did, thanks, and got my hide fried
now I hibernate, like the bears.
 
I've three square, warmth, but not much care
a window through which I can stare,
these six months I shall so abide
I'm wintering...
 
An' I guess it was only fair
my boots worn thin my clothes threadbare,
soon, there's Christmas dinner, besides
who cares, as Hobo, I got tried...
and jailed, as I pace my small lair
I'm wintering?
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Grace
IDryad
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Thank you for your entry Rew

nightbirdblue
enbyblue
Dangerous Mind
United States 7awards
Joined 24th Sep 2017
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His Prisoner

 
I am trapped in his prison
And Iím almost passing out
Because I havenít been sleeping  
Iíve been living on stimulants  
And I havenít been eating  
Meals replaced with cigarettes  
Muscles cramping from straining  
To continue their daily tasks  
 
While I hide in the dark  
And face my own nightmares  
I choose to lose sleep and to starve
If it means I can work through this  
Fucked up scenario in my head  
That speaks in double standards
Confusion questioning my sanity
He manipulates with profanity
 
Preaching a verbal beating
His lecture meant to demean me
Fists of temper strike the walls
Screams left echoing down the hall
This is where I belong
I am left in his chains
They were there all along
Thought he had changed his ways
 
But the fucking truth is a cyclone
Cannot lean in its wake
I can see it so clearly
And Iíll have to be brave
If Iím to stray from his side
My fears doused in the day
When the lights are all bright
And he cannot dim or downplay
 
But I canít even sneak away
Live in fear of his wake
Live in fear in his cage
He doesnít even have a key
I stay very well trained
So scared to try to speak up
Scared he was right all along
Self-ashamed, I will look away
 
Please donít look into my eyes
Please save me from his lies
Please tell me he is lying
Shake my cage, wake me up
From this nightmare Iím living
Free me from his chains
Free me from this craze
Canít think straight now for days
 
 
 
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IDryad
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Anne-Ri999
Thought Provoker
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A thousand names and more

If †  
† †
this were to be final † †
when dusk turns dust †  
I would watch the last paragraph †  
of the last poem †  
from each outline  
of a cloud bathing in a light †  
† †
I would catch tears †  
through moons eyelashes †  
knowing bridal rites of the sun †  
watch each chaliced spiral rise †  
from mesopotamian sea †  
where driftwood finds me †  
† †
I would meet you once again †  
where all threads are woven †  
to invite what becomes us †  
you the initiate would exhale †  
what is feared for, what is muted †  
as ancient stone †  
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our wombs would be allive †  
as we inhale this feline energy †  
to roar shake free our lioness manes †  
our siblings and staff sisters †  
half burned at all stakes †  
† †
for I am Freya †  
sister of Seidr †  
naught ever †  
shall I hold my tongue †  
† †
it was I who taught Odin magic †  
therefor I re enchant †
† †
to bleed is my birthright †  
I am not a consort †  
for I am the †faceless hunt †

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If there is peace †  
in all madness †  
in all exile †  
† †
let it become you †  
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† †
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Grace
IDryad
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NANCY_RDZ_STORIES
WRITER LYRICIST ARTIST
Fire of Insight
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Joined 9th Jan 2020
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A PRISONER'S EYES

A PRISONER'S EYES
NANCY_RDZ_STORIES (WRITER LYRICIST ARTIST)
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Connotation
Fire of Insight
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Joined 22nd Apr 2023
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Prison Sentence

Prison sentence, vicinity.
Pictured premise, exhibiting.
Given entrance, envisioning.
Hidden spectrum, captivity.

Simple hellion, duplicity.
Kismet destined, activity.
Signals tempted, considering.
Wicked hexes, invisibly.

Mingled methods, proclivity.
Symbol pendants, divinity.
Inner essence, asymmetry.
Sinner semblance, instinctively.

Wishes beckoned, affinity.
Riddled guesses, epitome
Bigger questions, delinquency.
Quickened tenses, stability.

Civil sentience, fictitiously.
Pitted trespass, divisively.
Hinted selfish, nobility.
Cyclic sexes, soliciting.

Pickled penchant, predictably.
Ridden reckless, rapidity.
Riches reckoned, persistently.
Bitter bettor, ability.

Bicker blended, indignantly.
Killer ethics, antipathy.
Fixture tested, utility.
Kinship exits, resistantly.

Wisdom nexus, epiphany.
Scripture stresses, facsimile.
Written blessings, continuing.
Witness vexes, humility.
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Connotation
Fire of Insight
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Absent-Minded

Absent-minded citizens.
Cash-enlightened images.
Fashioned bias bigoted.
Mass divided, in effect.  

Passing by is ignorance.
Trapped inside oblivion.
Laughter likens sinfulness.
Actors eye the interest.  

Basking pride, inquisitive.
Crafted, guided, inner self.
Mask disguises this intent.
Hacks decided visages.  

Masters try their wickedness.
Knack devises wits, contempt.
Pact, implying hinderance.
Actions liven disrespect.  

Apt design of hypocrites.
Practiced violence, hidden steps.
Passions, lies, indifferent.
Plastic pilots, simple sense.  

After time, it limited.
Asking why can trigger them.
Waxing rights, revisited.
Active sides that interject.  

Madness, fighting, fits perplex.
Drastic, binding discontent.
Brash denying, pitiless.
Sacrifice forgiveness then.  

Capture cry for innocence.
Factor Christ, considerate.
Passive, kind significance.
Ration life, deliverance.
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IDryad
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faithmairee
Faith Elizabeth Brigham
Tyrant of Words
United States 11awards
Joined 29th Aug 2012
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OCD

When OCD is in my head  
It fills me up †
With so much dread  
And thoughts of disastrous  
Events appearing real  
The "what if's" come  
It's fear that I feel

What's best for now  
Is some needed distraction  
To help me focus †
On something of value  
A slow deep breath  
Makes for a productive start  

The door was shut  
But now it's open  
To help me move in  
A different direction  
A glance up at the sky  
A bird flying high  
Can help me to get  
Alright in my mind
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