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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

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
You open...

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Categories: prison, depression, emo, future, metaphor,
Form: Free verse
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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© 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

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
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 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 

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Categories: prison, abuse, america, child abuse,
Form: Free verse
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
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
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
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
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 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 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,
Form: Couplet
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,
Form: I do not know?
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,
Form: Senryu
Robert Mitchum
Young Robert Mitchum
just couldn't ditch 'em
His party down the toilet
when cops came to spoil it

When he then faced the judge
the law wouldn't budge
Sixty days he...

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Categories: humorous, life, prison,
Form: Clerihew