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Prison Poems

Prison Poems. Read and share great examples of poetry about prison. This list of poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples for prison.

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Premium Member Classroom Prison
A classroom is a lonely place
For a child who feels unloved
For a child who sees the sneers
For a child who thinks they understand the whispers
Feeling each ugly one has his name on it

The classroom is a tortuous cell for a...Read More
Categories: prison, feelings,
Form: Prose Poetry

Premium Member Ask Yourself
Money isn't what you want, and I'll prove it too.
You only want the things that money do for you.
You can't eat it, drink it, it can't keep you warm,
you can't stack it around you and build a decent home.
We don't...Read More
Categories: prison, change,
Form: Rhyme
Joe Doaks was a hardened criminal
the truth about him wasn’t subliminal.
Then he met a sweetheart
who gave him a new start.
Now he leads a prison choir with a hymnal.
...Read More
Categories: prison, change, music,
Form: Limerick
Why I Can't Get A Septic Tank
My cousin wants to build me a septic tank and he wants to get right to it.
Even though his heart is in the right place, I can't let him do it.
Ten years ago, my girlfriend really made me mad.
I did...Read More
Categories: prison, dark, death, girlfriend,
Form: Rhyme
Make a Joyful Noise
Make a Joyful Noise (Inspired from Acts 16:16-40)
Paul and Silas preaching the Gospel, to save souls from hell.
Got stripped and flogged, and thrown in jail.
The jailer put them in an inner cell, and fastened their feet in stocks.
The jailer had...Read More
Categories: prison, bible, christian,
Form: Rhyme

Premium Member My Time Machine
My chair, 
at times over 
the past twelve weeks
my prison cell. 
Seven weeks more 
before my sentence
is completed. 
But today,
my chair is going to be
my time machine.

Not flashy and gaudy,
with a Christmas display
of flashing, colorful lights,
nor as threatening as that
celebrated...Read More
Categories: prison, appreciation, blessing, thanksgiving,
Form: Free verse
When the whole wide world shrinks
I am not taking about an apocalypse
I am not talking about humanity’s ultimate collapse
I am not talking about shores battling oceans
This is not about earthquakes inhaling hurricanes

This is about the threats to everyday relationships
The rupture of the tapestry of phratry...Read More
Categories: prison, absence, freedom, friend, friendship, loneliness, lonely, longing,
Form: Rhyme
The Wolf Appears
The wolf appears at night,
howling for his lost love,
she was the beauty with
red hair which flowed with
the wind while she sang
a lonely love song for her
Prince of Beasts, beckoning
him to appear before her
and unchain her from her
imprisonment that was imposed
by...Read More
Categories: prison, animal, fantasy,
Form: Narrative
I am malignant 
Does anybody care that I’m widowed
I wash my face and hands in a prison
Does anybody care that I’m without bed and pillowed
My emotions and head and heart loft arisen
Government treatment of me so indignant
Just a pestilence dreamer
Does...Read More
Categories: prison, analogy, encouraging, how i feel,
Form: Rhyme
Poverty trap
They tell them the reality of yesterday is their tomorrow
Save the cries for different versions of sorrow
The world is hash but there is a God who is omnipotent
The world has abundance if they choose to be content
If their dwelling is...Read More
Categories: africa, patriotic, political, pollution, poverty, power, prison,
Form: Free verse
Gone without doubt
Gone without doubt.

Black lungs charred that glisten like coal,
Try stand and stumble like new born foal .

Bludgeoned and shattered by what’s inside me,
The force of disease you cannot see.

Surrounded by shadows lurking with fear,
Inevitable death gaining ever so near.

Worry lines...Read More
Categories: prison, death,
Form: ABC
memories escaped
memories escaped 
from the subconscious 
mind were they had 
been hidden away 
for years 
recapture the memories 
repressing and
suppressing them
once more 
locking them back up 
once again in 
their mental prison
...Read More
Categories: prison, memory,
Form: Lyric
Premium Member A Lull
I lay me down in the land of a languorous lull,
A leisurely liaison laxing amidst the silenced still…
No weeping words wander upon the constructive canvas.

The day mourns the nebulous neglected nestled night,
Where the shadows sustain the seductive sorrows…
Condolences for a...Read More
Categories: prison, absence, identity, missing, motivation,
Form: Tristich
Highlighting the Lord God’s omnipotence
Bible stories expose His miracles
along His mercy’s faithful persistence
smiting torturous hatred’s tentacles.

Greatly enthralled by biblical events
my special child yearns for their retelling
animatedly done, no one prevents
his call for these chronicles propelling:

Creation wonders hold his eyes spell...Read More
Categories: prison, bible, blessing, child, christian, god, jesus, spiritual,
Form: Narrative
Every Man Has a Dream
Every Man Has a Dream
by Michael R. Burch

for Beth

Every man has a dream that he cannot quite touch...
a dream of contentment, of soft, starlit rain,
of a breeze in the evening that, rising again,
reminds him of something that cannot have been,
and...Read More
Categories: prison, crush, desire, dream, fantasy, fear, first love,
Form: Verse
Some will doubt you, some will cheer you,
Smile to all but trust very few.
For each and every encounter, 
Keep your head on but allow your heart to grow fonder.

Not insinuating it’s all dark shades of black,
I at times wish there...Read More
Categories: prison, community, courage, feelings, forgiveness, friendship, perspective, wisdom,
Form: ABC
Miniature Testimony In Rhyme
Miniature Testimony In Rhyme

Jesus loves me this I know.
My experience tells me so.
76 years of faithful care;
Proves to me He's always there.

Long before I sought His face;
He upheld me by his grace.
Though I cursed him every day;
He stayed with me...Read More
Categories: gospel, home, jesus, love, prayer, prison, spiritual,
Form: Rhyme
slavery and reparations all done
I am a descendant of slaves - from India!
Anyone who demands REPARATIONS shake & quake at my words
Competition? So, we have competing tales of bondage?
The Jewish people's perhaps the longest & cruelest,
With smaller holocausts to spouses, persons, populations...Read More
Categories: prison, africa, america, analogy, black african american, education,
Form: Bio
The Fulfilling Massage
The massage
At the Maximum Security Prison
Is fulfilling
If you manage to heal
Just look at the school girl
Gather underage courage
And let her spread your bed
The massage they give!...Read More
Categories: prison, abuse,
Form: Blank verse
In this dark cage of Lies,
I'm dangerously trapped inside.
The butterflies have flown away,
No longer does this soul sway.
Anger, Pains, Hatred,
Now my heart is left damaged.
Deception, Betrayal, Lies were thrust upon,
Still a mask of happiness I put on.
Agony, Depression, Insanity I...Read More
Categories: prison, dark,
Form: ABC
Premium Member The Unicorn and The Sticky Asphalt Jungle

"The Unicorn and The Sticky Asphalt Jungle"

Bedtime stories
now walk through fog
The Unicorn skips 
on lines of sticky Asphalt

The father writes his play
The mother seen as absent
becomes deus ex machina
she will be the only one 

to save the day

Along The Road
Bushfires...Read More
Categories: prison, freedom, love, mother daughter,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Angels and Demons

"Angels & Demons"

The Soul never sleeps
battered and lonely, the lesson 
Life spent in The Hard Sell

Soft-served you become
melting Insomnia 
mouth sucking a loaded gun

blue ribbonned and veined
pulsing electricity 
from heart to lung to brain

you’re a free bird
flying high two crimes
now...Read More
Categories: prison, abuse, addiction, angel, depression, forgiveness, symbolism,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Invisible


4 Walls 
A ghost 

it's prison 
unlocked door

a bird
now soars

The Ocean 
calls the wild
Sargasso in


for my daughter, 

“Come Near Me” / Massive Attack – Ghost Poet

“There is always another side, always.”
(Jean Rhys,...Read More
Categories: prison, imagery, psychological, symbolism,
Form: Free verse
Facebook Stories For The Stalking Boss The End
Facebook stories I leave for the boss,
You ruined a life, it’s your loss.

Think I’m bluffing, 
I had things to do
after you 
I do nothing 

Two times you convinced girls I like to avoid me,
Changed my reputation so no one liked...Read More
Categories: prison, anger,
Form: Rhyme
The Righteous Shall Live By Faith -Hebrews 10: 26-39
The true believer in the Lord Jesus
cannot go on sinning deliberately so
for there won't be any sacrifice for them
but only judgement left, a fearful blow

In doing this trampled on God's son
disgracing underfoot Christ's redeeming blood
that which sanctified would not suffice
the...Read More
Categories: prison, bible, christian, faith,
Form: Rhyme