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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.

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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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Comments

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 12, 2021:

Thank you so muich @Janshares and @Jodah!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 12, 2021:

This poem is a pleasure to read and gives an example of one of the many forms of imprisonment that we can find ourselves in just living our lives. A great response to the word prompt "freedom."

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on September 12, 2021:

Nicely done take on the word prompt "freedom" Teodora. This is a definitely reality that human beings live out daily within self-made prisons. I like the hopeful end.

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 12, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda! Indeed, we often make ourselves prisoners with our fears.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 12, 2021:

I posted this one here.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=376790...

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 12, 2021:

Teodora,

I your introduction you tell us that we often make ourselves prisoners with our fears & insecurities.

This is so true.

In your poem, "The Forgotten Prisoner’" you show us someone waking up from a dream realizing he is trapped in his own prison.

Once he learns to cry and lets his tears flow...he is released.

He walks free.

This is a fantastic poem on how we often keep ourselves from enjoying our freedom.

Great ink!

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 12, 2021:

@Chitrangada Sharan: Thank you very much! I am glad you liked my poem.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 12, 2021:

This is a beautiful and insightful response to Brenda's word prompt, freedom. I loved the thoughts behind your composition.

Thank you for sharing!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 12, 2021:

Teodora, You are most welcome. Glad to meet you here.

Teodora Gheorghe (author) on September 12, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing the link to my poem. I did not know that's how it worked. We learn new things every day. :)

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 12, 2021:

Wow! Teodora. Excellent poem! I especially loved these lines

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

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

A very delightful piece of writing. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a happy Sunday. :)

Note: have you shared the link to your article in the comment section of Brenda's week 29 prompt article. No worries if you have not. I will check and post the link to your article there. We do this so that everyone can read each others creative work. :)

Many Blessings to you!!

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