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Best Prison Poems

Below are the all-time best Prison poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of prison poems written by PoetrySoup members


Prison Walls
From my self made
Prison walls
I look outside
And see the sun

The ocean breeze
Reaches me
I see the seagulls
Flying free

These hard and cold
Stone cell walls
Close around me
Cut my...

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Categories: prison, flying, freedom, inspiration, inspirational,
Form: Free verse



Premium Member Quarantine of the Soul
-Quarantine of the Soul-


Tranquil pills fall deep like the night
A sweet fangless course
Bites with no remorse
Your eyes struggle to read my ageless soul
Lost 
Dark
You open...

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Categories: prison, depression, emo, future, metaphor,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member A Drunk Drivers Guilt
I drove home from a party one winters night
I'd had quite a few drinks but I felt alright
It was pouring rain as I approached our...

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Categories: prison, car, death, drink, family,
Form: Narrative
What If
What If

  You live in a Matrix that you don't know, what is really happening around you.
That there are people that wish to control...

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Categories: prison, allusion, america, anxiety, betrayal,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The Fields of Athenry
Irelands' famine, England chose to ignore
The potato blight caused devastation
Michael stole corn from a granary store
To stop loved ones dying from starvation.

Arrested and charged with...

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Categories: england, ireland, prison,
Form: Sonnet



Poetry Confinement
I am on poetry confinement
I can’t go here or there
I am chained to poetry
I only have words to eat

Set me free poetry

I only have time...

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Categories: prison,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Black and White
In the visiting room evening's ebony is shellacking everything.
He sits across from me at the sable-shaded table, in shades,
pours black coffee pungent as the Gauloises...

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Categories: life, murder, prison,
Form: Free verse
My Addiction To Your Love Was Worse Than Any Substance Because Nobody Told Me Love's Homicidal
 x You,
the one who hurts me.
 x You,
the one who chains me.
 x You,
the one who controls me like a puppet.
 x You,
the one...

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Categories: prison, abuse, addiction, girlfriend, love,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To My Hanging -Part Deux
Dedicated to a fine poet on soup, Lin Lane
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I shook hands with my brother and bade him farewell
Then set off on my journey away from...

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Categories: prison, america, children, family, horse,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member The Execution of Paul Carter
My name is Paul Carter and I want to tell you my tragic story
About the wrong path I chose in life, that wasn't one of...

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Categories: prison, america, dark, death, drink,
Form: Narrative
The Craigslist Thrill Killers
Elytte and Miranda Barbour murdered a man just to get a thrill.
It is always very stupid and senseless when people kill.
They said they killed him...

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Categories: death, murder, people, prison,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Paying a High Price
Russia's losses have been greater with their Ukrainian invasion
Compared to nine years in Afghanistan, another miscalculation
Many towns and cities in Ukraine are now being taken...

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Categories: conflict, murder, prison, war,
Form: Rhyme
The Folly of the Fight
The folly of the fight


These four walls; such contemptible and wretched creatures-
mock me, taunt me, deride me as weak and worthless.

I am shackled to the...

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Categories: prison, body, how i feel,
Form: Free verse
The Beginning of the End
I've been trying to fill this hole deep inside my chest.
I promised I plead but you still left like all the rest.
So here I sit...

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Categories: prison, addiction, angst, dark, deep,
Form: Lyric
Premium Member Soul Cry
“Soul Cry”



Yeezy you da best
Not ice cold soulless 
You gotta big heart
Wanna be next U.S. Pres'
You now swingin' with da rest
with your delusional pal 
That...

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Categories: prison, abuse, america, child abuse,
Form: Free verse

Book: Reflection on the Important Things