by Joan Serratelli

I have not
left this house
in over 2 weeks
I have no desire
to leave

I'm trapped;
a prisioner
of my own desire

I was born this way
a loner who is
scared to be alone

I want to be
I want to soar
I want to scream
I want to live
without fear
of retribrution

I sit here
day after day
a prisioner
of my own design


Posted on 03/08/2010
Copyright © 2021 Joan Serratelli

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Razel Davies on 03/08/10 at 06:59 PM

Being trapped by your own mind is a difficult thing to both deal with and articulate but you do it rather well i think, better than you give yourself credit for.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 03/08/10 at 08:03 PM

Social anxiety is on the rise according to medicos in the know. As we are more and more comfortable socializing behind the safe and private online world, "getting out" seems to be getting harder for many. And if these tendencies are already in force in one's life, it can be extra tough. Still I would offer that we can’t even start to know what we may find on the envelope of serendipity unless we chance it. Thanks.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/08/10 at 11:46 PM

I'm often caught off guard by encounters with others, and even better, poems such as this, in how they teach me that no matter how bad things may seem, there's always someone else in a worse situation. Worthy piece of writing in how it reaches out in support to those who may be similarly affected, and provides some degree of therapy for you the author.

Posted by Genevieve Sturrock on 03/09/10 at 12:00 AM

'a loner who is scared to be alone'...i know this one

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/09/10 at 02:24 AM

Fascinating to read about the prison you feel you have created. S3 is my fav.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 03/09/10 at 03:17 AM

...a gutsy write, so real. so, so. i am afraid someone might recognize me in your words...out anima, our yin to our yang, our doppleganger, our proof that we do exist in Shakespeare's sound and fury...neil diamond's I AM I SAID...brrrrr cold but good write.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 03/10/10 at 01:18 AM

Thanks for the honesty and the honor of allowing me to step into the darkness we all have - each a different shade or color perhaps. I affirm you for writing. For me, often, it is writing it down that puts that first crack in the vessel that lets the light some in. Blessings and peace. Thanks again.

Posted by Amie Golda on 03/15/10 at 03:19 AM

"a prisioner of my own design" simpe but brilliant. And the rest are simply brilliant. Great write!

Posted by Angela Stevens on 05/19/12 at 09:15 PM

I ADORE this. I was a prisioner from 18-24, 6 years. It beautifully sums it up. Thank you.

Posted by Dane Campbell on 02/16/14 at 09:35 AM

This is heartbreaking and beautiful.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 02/16/14 at 04:04 PM

Good to see this as POTD,Joan!

Posted by Sam Roberts on 02/16/14 at 08:32 PM

beautifully honest writing xx

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