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The Forgotten Prisoner: In Response to Brenda Arledge’s Word Prompt ‘Freedom’

Teodora is a bilingual writer. She is the author of two books, a poetry volume and a collection of short stories.


We often sentence ourselves to “life in prison”, while denying our inherent innocence the right to be nurtured and respected. Without meaning to, we allow ourselves to be imprisoned by our fears and insecurities. Only when we set our “prisoner” free, when we acknowledge and embrace our repressed emotions, can we begin to live instead of merely existing.

The Forgotten Prisoner

A long-forgotten traveler is lurking in the shadows

A heathen hooded figure is waiting at the gallows

A guilty thought is crawling along a bolted door

The prisoner is weeping and crying “Please, no more!”

...but suddenly I wake up quite baffled by this dream

Tormented by the feeling there’s someone to redeem.

I stare into the mirror – my face looks grim and gray.

“Oh, my! There’s no denying, they all have come to stay...”

With fearful hands I open the door and step inside

And now I know for certain there is no place to hide.

The prisoner is thirsty and maybe I am too

The hooded figure’s prancing and waiting for my cue.

“How can I quench your sorrow? I’ve nothing but my tears”.

“They are enough,” he tells me, “I haven’t drunk for years”.

I wrap my arms around him; the prison fades away.

The traveler is smiling – he’s finally on his way.


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