Long Was I a Prisoner

Long was I a prisoner in rock and plaster cage;

Long had I been locked from sun and kept from pleasure’s page.

You peered in past walls I built, your pick and axe were true;

Your hammering with tools of trade effectively broke through.

And oh! the pain as on my heart you etched your loving hymn;

The light blazed in and blinded me, whose eyes had grown so dim.

As pen scraped glass, my soul bled blood, and in the bleeding, healed;

When clouded panes grew brighter still, my sentence was repealed!

My prison walls have been transformed into an abbey bright;

Your light shines through transparent soul, a window full of light.

And now the light can shine both ways, a barrier no more;

As you light me, I light my world, and in the lighting, soar!

15 comments on “Long Was I a Prisoner

  1. “As pen scraped glass, my soul bled blood, and in the bleeding, healed”

    A fabulous poem, and an amazing line. How we writers shed through the damage done with the power of the pen, the quill.

    Thank you for finding my blog and commenting.


    • melodylowes says:

      And I thank you for your lovely words, and for visiting as well! Yes, the power of words to leach what ails us is phenomenal. Deep calls out to deep – only one who has also learned in these walls will find the insight you have – so my heart, a fellow wanderer, joins yours in your quest! Happy writing!

  2. poetryandmusings says:

    very very beautiful!!! thank you for sharing!!

    • melodylowes says:

      Thank you! This one is very meaningful for me. And I absolutely loved this image I ‘stumbled across’ this morning. It has a very ‘hallowed ground’ feel…

  3. rondje says:

    Wow, that’s very impressive! I’m very honored my photo is paired with this beautiful poem.
    thank you for that, Melody

  4. Truly uplifting, and the words, imagery and rhythm are beautiful!

  5. this gave me a rush of feeling! x

  6. Imelda says:

    love the picture, love your poem. Lovely, just lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Photographs by Peter Knight says:

    Really enjoyed reading this. I have to admit that I don’t read as much as I should or would like to so glad to come across your blog! Very beautifully written! ๐Ÿ™‚

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