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Prison Trauma


In an exercise of 
Psychopathology 
Students are told
To find 
A safe place
And to go in

My home, your room
In the forest
Under a tree
A hidden cave
Quickly went out

My mind 
Crippled and entered 
Stayed there
Never ever again 
Expected

Older and rumbly  
White washed patches 
Dirty big walls
Three sides secured me

The heavy iron door
Kept me watched
And locked by the big key

I was safe and slept
Shadows of inmates
Shaded in and out

I was called 
To come slowly 
Out of the place 

Stepped to the door
Was not opened
The jailor or the guard
Was not near by

I was called  
Come to the present
And to open my eyes
From closed of my eyes
Tears fell out
Hid it I in

Opened my eyes
Incredible sight
Mind in the cell
Broke the heart

Why did the mind
Go there for a safe
To escape from the death
That was the place

It was not my choice
Time gave the prize
Darken days and nights
Prolonged the life of death

Once in away
Flash back to the past
I am not allowed
To forget my pass

Udaya R. Tennakoon

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