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View From the Cell Block

Updated on August 11, 2015
"Make no apology for how I choose to repair what you broke. " ~~author unknown
"Make no apology for how I choose to repair what you broke. " ~~author unknown

View From the Cell Block

In my cell,

a cold, egregious conviction to hell encircles my spirit.

I journey at night, in my darkness,

to places that are kinder, where truth and love are commonplace,

and trust echoes my name.

In my cell,

unjustly punished for crimes I did not commit,

having to make the stronger perpetrators happy,

exacting their pound of flesh, with nails rusted from the hate carried over time,

they affix me, so that my soul bleeds out into their venomous caldron.

In my cell,

I know that I am trapped, they are more powerful than I.

They seek compliance, that which I shall never give, for

my survival will forever be ensconced in what is truly known,

not the evil machinations they transgress.

Robin Grosswirth 2015


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  • RobinGrosswirth23 profile imageAUTHOR

    Robin Grosswirth 

    2 years ago from New York

    Nell Rose I am glad you related well to the piece. Thanks for taking the time to both read and comment on my work.

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    Nell Rose 

    2 years ago from England

    This is pretty relevant to me at this moment, so yes I can totally know the feeling well, powerful stuff! nell

  • RobinGrosswirth23 profile imageAUTHOR

    Robin Grosswirth 

    3 years ago from New York

    GypsyRoseLee It was meant to be caustic in its interpretation of the malignancy covering the soul. Thanks for the read.

    teaches12345 Words are all that we possess in an effort to communicate our inner and most treasured thoughts. Thanks for communing with this piece.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    3 years ago

    Very powerful words that describe what one must feel when they feel trapped or mistreated.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Comes right at you. There are so many things in life that can make us feel caged.

  • RobinGrosswirth23 profile imageAUTHOR

    Robin Grosswirth 

    3 years ago from New York

    breakfastpop I figured you'd put a political spin on it, but an author of poetry is not supposed to interpret the art form for the reader. It is the duty of the reader to commune with the piece and interpret it as only they can idiosyncratically. I am quite certain it is understood from my vantage point. Thank you for taking the time to read it.

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    3 years ago

    I agree with billy, bit it can also be a glimpse of our future if the wrong person is elected.

  • RobinGrosswirth23 profile imageAUTHOR

    Robin Grosswirth 

    3 years ago from New York

    billybuc Thanks for taking the time out of your very busy life to read my work. Most appreciated.

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    Bill Holland 

    3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Bleak and powerful, Robin! This could certainly be interpreted as a metaphor for those who feel trapped in their lives. I enjoyed it as I always do your work.


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