imprisoned, boundaries held strong
I was weak
or so they said
a past i can’t forget
I walked these halls
I crave the life
the taste of chocolate on my tongue
cloistered in a world I wanted
not one they thought I needed
shackled to ensure complacency
battling inner thoughts
succumbing to taunts
of those who glared and sat alone
my every move watched
‘guards’ patrolled the halls in pairs
noses turned down to the likes of us
I knew who I was, yet did not
tears spilt on linoleum
nails scratched walls
willing my escape
waiting for release
“God I screamed if you exist”
how much can I stand
cease the pain inflicted
rubber forced into my mouth
volts that surged, my body jolts
left in comatose like state
passages of time not clear
let me breathe
no one visits
enslaved to persecution
pushed shoved at their discretion
my footsteps slow
across the floor
jacket buckled at the back
give me courage
succumbed to those
who forced the pills
they killed me in the end
inside unhallowed corridors
©JMTacken jan 2014
Shared with http://mindlovemisery.wordpress.com Prompt 39 – Unwanted Reality
This piece was produced with the help of Brian Miller who runs in conjunction with others Dverse. Thank you Brian for your guidance, support and encouragement.
Good take on the prompt Jenny, well done.
Thank you so much Michael 🙂
The feelings of being caged and tortured comes through your words… and it is a heart-wrenching read. Intense and it gave me chills.
Sorry that it gave you the chills anmol but in a way happy that it evoked an emotional response. Thank you for reading.
This is brilliant I agree with Anmol absolutely heart-wrenching. When I took Abnormal Psychology we watched a lot of videos about the inhumane treatment of mental patients, the cruelty is beyond words. Powerful powerful writing Jenny
Thank you Yves so much. xx
=) thank you!
you are so so sweet xx
=) you are too Jenny
I blush xx
Excellent work J. Very creative
Thank you A – luvs ya xx
Disturbing and yep, tormented. Love the picture too. (but did you have to mention chocolate, lol!)
Thanks Trace, oops I forgot – sorry – erase from memory banks – chocolate = bad. 🙂
oh, that is so, so sad and intense. well done. i think if i was ever locked up or put away it would absolutely make me insane even if i didn’t start out that way.
One can only imagine what these poor people went through – they were locked up for having a temper, for eating disorders, for stuttering… thankfully now things have change. Thank you Beth xx
those old asylums are scary places…and the things they used to do to the inmates…the sterilization, lobotomy, the sexual abuse….its all rather nasty stuff…..def an intense write….well done with it ma’am…smiles.
Yes – from what I have read and watched…I can’t imagine the horror these poor souls went through. Thank you Brian fir your part in this piece, I am so very fortunate to have an experienced writer guide me through the process of writing. I salute you my friend.
This is eerie and powerfull at the same time, and painfull, because these words are way to often someones reality 😦
Thank you Oloriel for reading. Yes, unfortunately they are. x
They took you they shook you they empty you all out
Empty they leave you , unsafe like wall tiles without grout!
Great poem it touched me! Thank you. xxxxxxx
Willow – thank you and yes grout helps holds the tiles in place…when our minds are shattered..our bodies crumble. Thank you for your kind words. xxxx
If you ever need to talk I am just an email away. x
thank you darling… I know ~ bless you xxx
Whoa. You’ve captured the environment and feelings so well. Bravo.
Thank you so very much Tess xx
Compelling stuff, Jen! 🙂
Thank you sweety – appreciated xxx
Held against my will would be horrible. I think I would feel exactly as you expressed. Great job.
Thank you gorgeous – yes one can only imagine how hard it was or how they suffered – completely sane..to be treated as if insane… xxx
This is painful reading. You think such inhumane practice would no longer exist,, but oh no, it still goes on. Mental health patients are too often treated as 2nd class citizens.
Absolutely chilling, Jen! Well done 😀
thank you lovely 🙂 xx
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Aren’t you a sweetheart ~ thank you lady 🙂 x 😆