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Portraits Poetry Series 37: We Hold Ourselves Prisoner


In case you haven’t been here before, I love writing prompts – whether a list of words, one word, or even an image.  With these posts, I have written poems specifically about paintings and I hope, with my words, you see the scene just as visibly in your heart and mind as if you had seen the image itself.



Portraits Series

We are shadows in the night
and though we may see
only a silhouette,
the soul of everything
is hidden.
We protect ourselves
build steel walls
impenetrable fortresses
to guard our hearts
for most of all,
we fear pain
and behind the fences
we quietly peek
we steal a glance
and wish to touch
but the very prisons
we built to protect,
prevent us from reaching out.
Nothing can harm us
but nothing can save us
if we don’t use that key.

© Sumyanna 2016



Writer of poetry and seeker of knowledge. I hope to inspire and be inspired by my words and the world around me.

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