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'Just Visiting'

Updated on April 21, 2016
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Stella writes poems and short stories and has published a selection of these on HubPages.

The prison

The visit

Barbed wire trails across the skylights;
Steel bars clad the unrelenting doors.
Here there are no hidden highlights,
Where sniffer dogs parade the floors

And keys jangle between guard and cell.
As I'm herded through to patiently wait,
Judge and jailer I'd consign to hell,
When you stand blameless at Heaven's gate.

My hands reach out across the table;
Love's quest against unending years.
A faint smile if you are able,
No tissue for heart-rending tears.

Then comes an order from the distance,
"VISIT OVER!" resounds through stony halls.
Time to subdue my own resistance,
Heed the grim warnings on the walls.

Vain hopes to leap a great divide;
One last wave across a communal room
And my disbelief you're here inside
This cold, grey, Gothic place of gloom

© 2015 Stella Kaye

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You are welcome Stella. Us poets need all the encouragement we can get here.

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      Stella Kaye 2 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the most welcome comment. It's good to know that someone on the other side of the planet has read some of my writing and given me some positive feedback.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love this poem about visiting someone in prison. Very well described.

      The last stanza is great:

      "Vain hopes to leap a great divide;

      One last wave across a communal room

      And my disbelief you're here inside

      This cold, grey, Gothic place of gloom"

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