Caged

by joetwo

Do not cage me

But if you must

Keep me in a bare cell

Isolated, alone

Keep me there so long I forget

Forget where I once was, what I could do

Let the bare walls be all I know

My own breath all I hear

My own company all I keep

And cruel though that may seem

You will be doing me a kindness

For how much worse can it be

To see the sky, feel the wind

Hear a loved one’s voice

Knowing they still exist

Yet you can never have them again

How greater the torture to be trapped in body

While the soul holds nothing but the world outside

And the heart aches for freedom.

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