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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

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
You open...

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Categories: prison, depression, emo, future, metaphor,

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,

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,

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 

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Categories: prison, abuse, america, child abuse,

Premium Member He tells me that he loves me Controversial
Charlotte Jade Puddifoot Controversial Poetry Contest, DATED 10 September 2015

He tells me he loves me
And I believe him.
I pick the petals.
They fall to the ground

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© Tony Kirk  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: prison, abuse, dark, death, murder,

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,

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

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,

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,

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,

Premium Member 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


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Categories: prison, abuse, death, deep, grief,

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.


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Categories: anger, drug, political, prison,

Premium Member His Song and Mine


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,

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

Large sigh

In jail
Good tale.


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© Roy Pett  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: funny, prison,

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,

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,

Push on through
Push on through

The world is a scary place and there is nowhere left to hide;
The nightmares are hunting us down and they are crawling inside.

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© Aa Harvey  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: prison, beautiful, life, love, morning,

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,

Premium Member A Funny Thing Happened On The way To My Hanging -Part Deux
Dedicated to a fine poet on soup, Lin Lane

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,

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,


Hate is like prison that holds you against the outside world
In your cage you’re held back from experiencing something new
Your life stays in the constraints...

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Categories: age, birth, prison, racism,

The Labyrinth
The labyrinth

Wrapped up in my web of lies
There is nothing I truly trust
Corrupted by what I despise
This heart has turned to dust
I am lost within...

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Categories: prison, introspection, lost, perspective, philosophy,

Premium Member Held Captive
Held Captive
Written: by Tom Wright

The joys of my past are asleep,
Yet I’ve become a prisoner to departed days,
And they resist my flight.

While today shrouds me...

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© Tom Wright  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: prison,

Premium Member The battle between body and spirit
The battle between body and spirit

Housed as I am,
in this earthenware vessel
I witness,
the raging between body and spirit.
My mood- sullen and morose,
a telling sign-
a flashing...

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Categories: prison, evil, faith, health, hope,

Premium Member Tax Dodging
When tax is due make sure that you pay 
Scarface didn't and got put away
For the feds they got wise
Took Capone by surprise
Alcatraz he went...

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Categories: corruption, prison,