Nov. 5, 2019

Liberation Through Literature

From Prometheus Writes! by Nathaniel Lindell (author's profile)


Date: 10/21/2019 1:27:37 AM
Subject: a poem

This poem of mine was published in Issue #10, Summer 2019 of Words of Fire, a small print and e-zine published by the Prison Books Collective viewable on As us poets are wont to do, I've revised it.

Liberation Through Literature
By Nate A. Lindell
revised 20 Oct. 2019

Sentenced to a cage
For a fatal, youthful mistake
Knowing that, as I age,
My painful regrets won't change
What I would if I could

Despite my life sentence
I seek to understand
The world that I live in
And who I really am
So I can be a better human
—Through the massive, dull, dark
Of the heartless state
Does its best to drown me
My soul struggles just to breathe
And—feeling so lonely—
Sometimes wishes I'd cease

Maybe masochistically,
Or stupidly,
I've chosen to be
Kept away from those that're kind
It's been within books that my mind
has felt rays of light
Prison that's fate denied
Given me a bite
Of a sweeter life

Books fuel my dreams so
I shouldn't lament, I suppose
—Some lack even those!

But books don't always ease the
Of wondering how my life might've
"if only I'd known..."
Sometimes they must close

But this pain, this ache
Isn't all bad
It pushes my pen
Inspiring prose
And poems (like this!)
And those
In books of my own

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