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Below is the poem entitled THE PRISONER which was written by poet Madelin Barton. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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They say you'll never really know
What prison is like until you've actually been there
When your mind betrays like Judas every
Logical thought that runs through your head

When solitary confinement becomes voluntary
When the only thing you truly seek out of life is
To be free from regret which can weigh you down
More than ball and chain

When it doesn't really matter
How sorry you are for mistakes
You may have made in the past
Because redemption is nowhere in sight

When eagerly you wait for loved ones to arrive
But no one pays you a visit

When surrounded by crowds of people
Who claim  to be trustworthy, but can't wait for you
To turn your back so that they can F--- you up the A--
When thoughts of death
Sing like song, your favorite lullaby
You know you've been there
In more ways than one

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  1. Date: 5/10/2013 8:42:00 AM
    I try not to have regrets. Perhaps I'm making them. Sometimes the mountain must go to muhammad

  1. Date: 3/22/2013 11:42:00 PM
    Wonderfully written. I like the way it has this..... Take it from someone who knows feeling to it.

    Barton Avatar Madelin Barton
    Date: 3/29/2013 11:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you for commenting on my poetry XXX -Maddie B
  1. Date: 3/7/2013 5:03:00 PM
    got your message and made corrections. just read your reply thanks for replying. i'll try to take your advice with Gods help.btw next month i'll be fifty.

    Barton Avatar Madelin Barton
    Date: 3/7/2013 6:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I love your poetry John you have heart this is truly a great a way to liberate your mind and share your story :) I'm here waiting for your next piece God bless you John
  1. Date: 3/7/2013 1:22:00 PM
    Yes, very dark I do see the unfinished part but I see, like you said redemption in this poem. Nicely done poet. I like it but I would work on it.

  1. Date: 3/6/2013 4:42:00 PM
    this is so where i an right now.

    Barton Avatar Madelin Barton
    Date: 3/6/2013 11:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I wrote this when I was 17 yrs old very dark place I was in. funny thing is that it is incomplete cause I had it memorized word for word then destroyed most of what I had written here I stand 21 yrs later trying to recover this sad but true recap of youth gone wrong God bless and focus on taking a day at a time best wishes Maddie