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Doing Time Poems

Doing Time Poems - Below are popular examples of all types of doing time poetry to share and read. This list of poems is composed of the works of modern poets of PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples for doing time.

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Premium Member Oliver, a Boy
When I was young my mother's hand
Led me through a joyful land
Where neither war nor hate exist
Nor something more I must resist 

Where nothing but the night is black
And black is never dark for lack
Of something bright or greater light
But...Read More
Categories: doing time, england, fantasy, innocence,
Form: Epic

Premium Member Assemblage
All are walking to the courtyard the bell has tolled it’s time to start, they have all but arranged the wooden stakes they are just waiting to ignite the spark
Everyone stops and stares as I make my way through the...Read More
Categories: doing time, betrayal, cry, death, emotions, hate, heartbroken, jealousy,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Mad at Madoff
Concrete walls, empty soul
Each day the past still calls
Another day kept inside
Things he did, they could not abide
Trails of bad, buckets of grief
Never a broker, more like a thief
Some lost their very last dime
All are glad he's doing time
...Read More
Categories: doing time, judgement, prison,
Form: Rhyme
Her name is Hope
Her name is hope...

He came in with a devilish look in his eyes , it was the lust 
that separates men from Christ, I am talking doing time 
for what crime?

Your skin color got you trapped in the same place,...Read More
Categories: doing time, africa, america, appreciation, art, encouraging, environment, extended
Form: Free verse
Only in me
Only in me, the choice I live by is the choice I dispise, only to be wise, a man in disguise. Only in me the destiny is in my power, only to construct, a reluctant, pictures of me, the power...Read More
Categories: doing time, 4th grade, anxiety, bangla, butterfly, city, conflict,
Form: Ballad


A thieving poet on soup stole a rhyme
Didn't know plagiarism was a crime
But then he got found out
With his syllable count
Now is in poetry jail doing time...


A shopkeeper by the name of John Dude
To his customers was...Read More
Categories: doing time, humor,
Form: Limerick
Premium Member A JOURNEY to NOWHERE--
a journey to nowhere,
 as I undertake this journey,
to an unknown destination,
 in my creation,
I am in my subliminal,
Arise and awaken shall not the once more  tormented and shaking 
Recreation at end of time journey in pain 
is estranged...Read More
Categories: doing time, adventure, anxiety, conflict, dream,
Form: Free verse
The Night The Stars Fell From Heaven
at last something broke you
and that something, it was you
you were closing your eyes
you were seeing it through

you blew up and sold
the world outside and within
and i fell on your black day
you showed me how to live

you showed me how...Read More
Categories: doing time, death, eulogy, hero, loss, memorial, suicide, surreal,
Form: Free verse
Old Thatched Pub
Old Thatched Pub

In an old thatched pub in Dunnsmore for at least 300 years
The townsfolk gathered nightly for laughter and for beers
The music it was lively, the laughter it was loud
You couldn’t find a finer place or meet a better...Read More
Categories: doing time, jealousy,
Form: Rhyme
I'm a perfect example of man's imperfection
Now I’m doing time in a house of correction
And I know I’m just bragging to say I’m your man
But baby your love makes me all that I am

The days are so endless, the nights...Read More
Categories: doing time, feelings, grief, heartbroken, inspirational love, loneliness,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member It's About Time
It's about time:
time out of mind, time capsule, time travel, time frame,
time zone, time to get cracking, time will tell,
time to spare, time out, time off, time apart,
timetable, timeclock, timeline, 
time for bed, time on my hands, time has not...Read More
Categories: doing time, time,
Form: I do not know?
Locked in this prison, still doing time,
No escape no matter how high I climb,
Solitary confinement in a deep dark cell,
Far from Heaven, too close to hell.

All by myself, a slave to sin,
Trying to please God but just can’t win,
Where is...Read More
Categories: doing time, prison, sin,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Bullet Blind-Concrete

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Categories: doing time, conflict, fear, humanity,
Form: Concrete
Premium Member Out Of Rhyme
Out of Rhyme

I stand accused in my prime
Of stealing nickels and a dime
But not enough to pay the fine
So, off to prison doing time
Innocent of any crime
I see the fence I need to climb
Shoot to kill says the sign
I really...Read More
Categories: doing time, nonsense,
Form: Rhyme
College Student Privilege
Living on mama’s dollar,
Living on papa’s dime,
Living in hard times,
Playing card games,
Paying no mind to squalor,
I get high on crime,
And when the pocketbook gets thin
I’m still a bawler,
Because I’m living on mama’s dollar
Living while papa’s doing time
In the 9 to...Read More
Categories: doing time, poetry,
Form: Free verse
999 or 991
A limerick reply to Jan Allison's limerick 'super series' on a 'Bi-polar Bear'
Haven't checked where in the world your from
But should I be dialling 999, or 991
For murder is a serious crime
Many years spent doing time
But I am hoping it's...Read More
Categories: doing time, moving on,
Form: Limerick
Young G
Young G

as a young G in the hood running rampant like he should
he started off with a seed in his mommas belly in time he grow into jelly
with a bright crooked smile he knew all the while the stage was...Read More
Categories: doing time, africa,
Form: Free verse
The Village Queer
The Village Queer

in the sunlit morning I awoke to enter the village
 a vast amount of seagulls flocked overhead
 yet my soul permeates through the duration of the walk
 an officer was assigned to watch the Lone Blue Lagoon a...Read More
Categories: doing time, anxiety, art, autumn,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member I need you now, even more
I need you now, even more

I remember the day we met,
How could I ever forget,
the smile, that you gave to me

We talked together for hours,
on our very first date,
it seemed like we were meant to be

Now five years have passed...Read More
Categories: doing time, break up, feelings, goodbye, heartbreak, missing you,
Form: Lyric
I’m from Toronto on police blotter.
Coppers after me for killing a man.
I’m not doing time for slight manslaughter,
a debt I’m not paying, mate, that’s my plan.
I like a snug place to stay where I can
make some dollars doing fishing helping
Steve...Read More
Categories: doing time, murder,
Form: Rhyme
The Hustler

yesterday we used to pray
 today you say it ought not be that way
 I was born in the gutter my mother was a whore
 she sold her junk in the trunk in back of the liquor store
 I was...Read More
Categories: doing time, anxiety, art, august, baptism,
Form: Free verse
Watching Murder Documentaries
I shake my head in disbelief
and learn the details of a crime:
the relatives are full of grief,
the killer's angry, 'doing time',
the victims' bodies in quicklime...

for Sara's contest...Read More
Categories: doing time, violence,
Form: Quintain (English)
Ride Like The Wind
Ride Like The Wind

breath deep
 look at the sky
 can you see the images passing you by
 we are living on the edge
 its going to my head
 sitting up at night
 all alone in bed
 following the rainbow to...Read More
Categories: doing time, anxiety, appreciation, art,
Form: Free verse
By Street Cries

The flesh is like feed me feed me when you follow this world that's when things get greeze
Flesh is like feed me feed me when you follow this world things get greeze

He grow up in the south where...Read More
Categories: doing time, betrayal, deep, destiny, drug, irony, life, lust,
Form: Epic
Premium Member Just Doing Rhyme
The Rhyme

I stand accused in my prime
Of stealing nickels and a dime
But not enough to pay the fine
So, off to prison doing time
Innocent of any crime
I see the fence I need to climb
Shoot to kill says,  the sign
I really...Read More
Categories: doing time, nonsense,
Form: Rhyme