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Emotional Ransom

Updated on August 23, 2013

I’m a hostage

I’m a hostage

A prisoner

Bound by thoughts, memories

Trapped inside my own mind

Seen only by the radar guards

Marching forward once

Then backwards twice

I’m a prisoner

Held hostage

By neuronal pulses

Hormonal fluctuations

By sparks that light

But don’t connect

Kept for ransom

A price

More than

I can pay

Seeking shelter

Looking for answers

In the scrapings

Leftover from a lifetime

Of bondage

To an army

So stealth

I can only sense

But not see

Watched over

Or so I am told

Just look

I will see

Give it up

Set myself free

I am a prisoner

Held hostage

Kept For Ransom:

a price more powerful,

more potent,

more painful

left unpaid

Radar Guard


So Stealth I can only Sense


"Prisoner of the Highway" by Ronnie Milsap

Held Hostage




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    • shanmarie profile image

      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Wow. I don't know how I missed reading this when you published it, considering it's been sitting in an HP folder where all the notifications from HP filter too. I had more time back then to read them as they came in.

      Anyway, this is brilliant! So many people can probably relate to it. Love the concept and the mention of setting yourself free.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks for calling me "talented."


      Greetings! Thank you for reading.



    • bluebird profile image


      5 years ago

      Haven't all women felt this way at one time or another. Very well put, very well said.

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wow, Kim, what a powerful poem. Emotions do sometimes hold us hostage, fueled by hormones and all the rest. I can relate. Love this poem. You are quite a talented poet!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      This feels like such an intense and personal write--beautifully done!

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Jackie!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      True or false you tell it very convincingly! Great job.

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      6 years ago

      Sound like my mind it is so scrambed up most of the time But you can express it so well

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks for all the cool adjectives. I appreciate your support.

      Best Always,


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      6 years ago

      Interesting, intense, and well-written! This one hit home for me too. ~Lurana

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina



      Best Always,


      PS-- check out my newest hub about true love

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      6 years ago

      There are people in our lives who make us feel encouraged and there are other that try to undermine our confidence. just heap lots of coal on their heads

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina


      You have so made my day!


      Greetings! Thank you for stopping by and for leaving such kind comments.

      Best Always,


    • sam209 profile image


      6 years ago

      this is hot! Great title and a awesome poem!

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Another poem that hits the target within my own self. Beautifully written. Rated up/I and A

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      An invisible chain indeed-

      held hostage nonetheless:

      so powerful

      if unleashed!


      I pay the ransom

      over and over again.

      I am

      a prisoner

      of my own mind.

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      Micky Dee 

      6 years ago

      Prisoner of my own device?

      I thought that I had paid the price.

      Shackled with an invisible chain,

      To unseen masters that never explain.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina


      Thanks for stopping by and leaving kind comments.

      Best Always,


    • cleaner3 profile image


      6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Kim .. this is a great write of emotional traps we put ourselves into .. expressive feelings ..done well.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Faith and Valleypoet,

      Thank you for your continued support. I am glad that you picked upon the intensity for that was my goal. I so appreciate your kind words.

      Best Always,


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      6 years ago

      Kim...a very intense write, I sense a mind held prisoner by its own limitations, desparate to break free from them...nicely done:-))

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Kim, I love this write here. Such an intense feeling when reading. I love your masks too!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Hugs, Faith Reaper


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