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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: Rhyme
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 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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© Bobby May  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: prison,
Form: Free verse



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
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 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
Premium Member 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 in my chest.
I promised I plead but you still left like all the rest.
So here I sit once...

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Categories: prison, addiction, angst, dark, deep,
Form: Lyric
The Prisoner
** A protest against the hypocrisy of the death penalty and the decadent environment of the prison system where a simple thief or criminal is...

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Categories: prison,
Form: Free verse
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
Life In The Streets
Gun shots rang out but no one hears.
A life comes to an end but no one fears.
A casual habit now a sin that in prisons...

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Categories: prison, addiction, hip hop, image,
Form: Free verse
Are We There Yet, I Really Have To Pee
This is something other than unsure laced with heavy heart.
I'd love to change my mind,  is this where you take charge?
When our play begins,...

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Categories: prison, abuse, addiction, creation, love
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Early On
Early On

Sitting there alone in class
they said it wasn't cool.
He should not bring his bible
to read while he's in school.

The gave him detention
and they took...

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Categories: prison, abuse, addiction, analogy, anger,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member THE VICTIM - THROUGH THEIR EYES 2
You stood in the dock when the guilty verdict was read out …
Just a spotty youth with a cocky look in your eyes
Now sentenced to...

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Categories: prison, addiction, how i feel,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Weed and War
Did you know that weed is illegal because Nixon wanted to win a war?
Along with Henry Kissinger, who thrusted behind him, making his bum sore.

These...

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Categories: anger, drug, political, prison,
Form: Couplet
Barred Revelations
Brain rewired
The spine of prison rattles
Hearts harden

Hungry dogs
Chomp on the bars and the bones
Of his hope

He is lost
Dreams and fears confirm his tears
Time is gone

Guilty...

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Categories: prison, abuse, death, deep, grief,
Form: Senryu
Premium Member His Song and Mine
Sympathy

BY PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR

I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
    When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;  ...

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Categories: bird, life, poems, prison,
Form: I do not know?
Premium Member Temple of the Gods-Palindrome
Temple of the Gods


Within the realities, unseen deified admits a parallel preen
A shielded smokescreen for their succus is made unclean
In the matriarchal machine a throne...

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Categories: evil, power, prison,
Form: Rhyme
Fabulous fun footles
I Love my Mother in law.

Phone rings
Ear stings

Door knocks
Nerve shocks

Come in
Large gin

Be nice
Head lice

Hair gel
Strong smell

Stale wee
Flows free

Stand here
My dear

Trap door
what for

Goodbye
Large sigh

In jail
Good tale.


20/03/2017.
Fabulous...

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© Roy Pett  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: funny, prison,
Form: Footle
Premium Member A Fabulous Beast


I met a fabulous beast today,
I met him in a zoo.
I was looking at a tiger,
And he was looking too.

Such strength and dreadful power
He carried...

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© Gary Smith  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: prison, strength, tiger,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member UNSHACKLE MY VERSE:
When Rhyme was a crime:


I send all my kites in metaphorical rhyme,
So the screws can't decipher them in time.

I hang low compared to all the...

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© White Wolf  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: humor, humorous, prison,
Form: Couplet
Premium Member The Saudade Receiving





"The Saudade Receiving"



Alate
Epiphany
God is a Child

Innocent
Protected
Untouched

Reverent 

Purity 
Pillaged
Hurt Heart

Broken Trust

Angered
All forgiving
Guarding 

Children
of Parents
of Children

Saudade

Light
Love
Us

(LadyLabyrinth / 2020)
LUX VITAE
Christmas 2020



Matthew 18:1-3
3 John 1:4




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Categories: prison, children, faith, humanity, i
Form: Free verse
Scratches On The Wall
Four men standing in a row and then one laid across,
Just sticks of time and marks upon the wall,
A measurement of attitude, of loneliness and...

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Categories: prison,
Form: Rhyme