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Gaol


They tried to build a jail for me,
but instead, I built my own
with walls of futile wishes,
crazy dreams,
and childhood fears:
hard as diamonds
tough as nails.

No need for stone and steel
when secrets will do. 

Here I'm safe from 
shadows and sunshine,
strangers and fairy tales.
Inside these walls I'm safe 
from me
and you.

But though I make my gaol
and imprison myself inside,
I am no martyr.
Prophets may forecast my fate
and seers speak my doom,
yet here there is no jailer
and in my pocket is a key.

So still your mocking laughter
and be not proud,
for I have seen the place you dwell.
You are locked up, too.

 This was written for The Sunday Whirl.

11 comments:

consciouscacophony said...

You had me at the first two lines.....so very powerful. Exceptionally well written :-)

October 19, 2014 at 1:38 AM
oldegg said...

There is something so satisfying to walk the less traveled road.

October 19, 2014 at 3:45 AM
Jae Rose said...

We always tend to hold the key to our own prison..now I understand your puzzle a little more..and yes...brilliant last line..a place of being to aspire to

October 19, 2014 at 4:26 AM
Misky Braendeholm said...

Enjoyed the journey with you.

October 19, 2014 at 5:15 AM
J Cosmo Newbery said...

The toughest jails are the ones we build ourselves.

October 19, 2014 at 5:42 AM
Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik (PKP) said...

Absolutely beautiful and powerful from first line to last

October 19, 2014 at 6:42 AM
annell said...

Wow! I lived every line…and especially the end.

October 19, 2014 at 8:43 AM
vivinfrance said...

Excellent. You managed to write a deeply meaningful powm from these disconnected words.

October 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM
keiths ramblings said...

Now that's got me thinking!

October 19, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Georgia Koch said...

Great wordleing with a punch .. bravo.

October 20, 2014 at 12:26 AM
Alice Audrey said...

We call the ones who aren't locked up "crazy".

October 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM