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Prison Poems | Examples of Prison Poetry

Prison Poems - Examples of all types of prison poetry to share and read. This list of new poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, and famous poem examples for prison.
Premium Member Judged And No Jury
Judged And No Jury Justice is not just , but blind , as Under your own sky , lives virtue , Dictators of the feathered quill . Grieve, lost souls without wings , Eradicate impurities...Read More
Categories: betrayal, judgement, prison, truth,
Form: Acrostic

O prisoner, in your cell so drear, Your thoughts must wander, far and near. Though your life's restricted here, The spirit's free, and ever near. Your situation may seem quite dire, But freedom's found, in heart's desire. For though you're bound...Read More
Categories: prison,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member Recollections of a condemned man
178 months, 129940 hours, now only 10 minutes remain. Sitting in cold eerie darkness, he observes the rhythm of water drops, slowly wipes away streams of sweat with his withered trembling hands. That aching fear, gnawing in his fevered brain, spasms...Read More
Categories: prison,
Form: Narrative
Pound Of Flesh
Living in one renting the other Owning them both then to discover As owner I’m captive the tenant is free In debt to the banker —remortgaging me (The New Room: January, 2024) ...Read More
Categories: prison,
Form: Rhyme
the ghost mind is a curious space a gulag held in wire haunted huntress, somber sky coldest winter sun defy Cossack, Hessian shadow churn maze of madness, memory burn strung from stars furnace spent eye of ochre...Read More
Categories: memory, prison,
Form: Rhyme

Sitting in a void Staring at vacant walls, Imagining its myriad colors, Reminiscing about the binding brilliance in life Ah, the heart! Such a terrible foe. Futile perceptions of the past... Mercilessly, all...Read More
Categories: prison, angst, irony, journey, life,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The Cruelest Prisons
Impenetrable fortresses built from the many stones of regret, re enforced with the concrete mistakes we can never forget. Confined within these walls only your guilt shall dwell. The cruelest prisons are the ones that we build...Read More
Categories: depression, prison,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Break Free Opposing
Break Free (original). I decline to be bathed in abject defeat, I intend to break free. My endeavour isn’t dead, intellect serves as a panacea for me My muse and I must find impassioned advocacy to...Read More
Categories: prison,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Accepting My Place
In my place nobody longs to die but they don’t care to live their “like this” In my place there’s echoes of silent outcry enduring deaths slow burning kiss In my place shattered photographs of family and friends paint the...Read More
Categories: prison, anxiety, conflict, death, discrimination,
Form: Rhyme
Prison Song
Love lives on the other side It may as well abide On another planet, These chains on my heart And my spirit behind bars, I am far from touch Exiled from ecstasy, As if I grow roots here And as merciless time moves They...Read More
Categories: prison, longing, lost love, love,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member From Crayons To the Pen
Childhood comes to an end when you go from crayons to the pen *In this case, pen can mean writing utensil or penitentiary....Read More
Categories: 7th grade, childhood, prison,
Form: Monoku
Sardar Patel
Memoriam of the Great Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Who was the first Vice Prime Minister and Home Minister United each petty kingdom and state and made them dwell In a single unit, and thus he did administer... Ironman, he...Read More
Categories: prison,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member Komorebi
I anticipate the first rays as morning draws near. The day approaches with an abundance of fear. I gaze into the depth of the cold darkness of night, Shyly waiting for the solace of days early light. As I...Read More
Categories: prison,
Form: Rhyme
Wailing Idols of Wood
Under the sun and moon, flawed men linger in the cold Who in the mist of darkness, cut and rip apart trees eons old While stepping on grass and insects for wood to be sold...Read More
Categories: prison, dark, horror, insect, irony,
Form: Musaddas
Premium Member The Village
a village raised a child ~ but the village was filled with idiots....Read More
Categories: prison,
Form: Monoku

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