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This world it cruel to use its name
Its ruler has a heart of stone,
Yet all its prisons that I’ve seen
There’s one that’s worse, that stands alone.

Its cells of grief are cold I know
Its bars are strong with rusty stains,
Yet cell on cell with trouble soul
Could not compare with simple chains.

I stand before my window’s glass
There are no bars to block my view,
There is no lock upon my door
No guard that would I run pursue.

I stand and watch the breaking dawn
Its beauty call to me to write,
Yet when I reach to take y pen
I feel the heavy chains pull tight.

Though many walled my prison cell
And bar less every window frame,
The chains of time have bound my wrists
Its shackles on each step a strain.

Though fall may linger by my door
And leaves may carpet all the grass,
I look with wish on wish to write
Through prison windows barred with glass.

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  1. Date: 2/2/2013 1:02:00 PM
    I love this one. Very good my friend

  1. Date: 12/11/2011 2:10:00 PM
    Jeezumcrow! that did not format well... garble-warble in flight! You may find the rime in mine titled "Dawn" Your rimes are a pleazure to read. SeaWolf

  1. Date: 12/11/2011 2:08:00 PM
    Yours so very fine Comment thus in rime! Sun does rise before my eyes From sea of shimmering glass Island seen across her sheen Thoughts of days long past Gulls to wing with song to sing Aloft once all together Whale found then to sound Breeze now does day bring All such this so found as bliss In northern reach of tide Time stands still as if at will To land so gently kiss Day so sprung thus has brung Bright glow upon her hands For all to see her waterfall Of myriad painted lands SeaWolf

  1. Date: 5/26/2011 4:30:00 AM
    A fine, heartfelt write. Imaginative and poetic.

  1. Date: 4/28/2011 3:07:00 PM
    Superb writing Rauwolifa this is going to my favourite poem it is wonderful. my friend. Anne

  1. Date: 4/27/2011 8:48:00 AM
    Through your journey in life, should you choose to walk very close to God and if it's His will that you should write, then you WILL write with ink distilled from the tears of His angels! This is the key that will free your mind and soul setting free the prisoner within, and is also my final lesson to you. Go with God my little wolf pup:)