• Donald Gilchrist posted an update in the group Group logo of Poetry ClubPoetry Club 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    1st Stanza
    I Am…writing my way out of the chains
    I fettered my fate to, with words meant
    To escape and break through hidden truths
    Spoken in whispers woven out of the threads
    of Love…

    I Wonder…after a lifetime of loss what I’ve truly gained,
    What the sun and moon feel like upon my up-turned face,
    What freedom feels like as I watch others forget the sensation…

    I Hear…my soul speak in my daughter’s eyes when they meet mine,
    A voice so pure, so real I’ll forever recognize the sound…

    I See…through the darkness that resides within me
    Illuminating new worlds as I dream past this present reality,
    Cultivating a mind, freed…

    I Want…to walk without stopping, stand in the summer rain,
    Swim under the night sky bathed in starlight washing away,
    Everything…

    I Am…writing my way out of the chains
    I fettered my fate to, with words meant
    To escape and break through hidden truths
    Spoken in whispers woven out of the threads
    of Love…

    2nd Stanza
    I Pretend…that this living nightmare is
    the real dream I wake from when I sleep,
    That the past I took from and the future
    I seek will one day meet…

    I Feel…love for a future that fades the closer I get to it,
    Like time moving faster as I cling to each breath,
    Feeling each and every moment before it all ends…

    I Touch…the untouchable, Love…true as my heartbeat
    Quickening with each lost and remembered memory,
    I remember the little things…

    I Worry…I’ll die alone, robbed of every second with my Soul,
    Every day she gets older I’m reminded of my time spent…away,
    I worry I’ll never freely touch her face…

    I Cry…when strangers are kind to me, when I see the realization
    Dawn in their eyes that mirror mine, a glimpse of humanity…

    I Am…writing my way out of the chains
    I fettered my fate to, with words meant
    To escape and break through hidden truths
    Spoken in whispers woven out of the threads
    of Love…

    3rd Stanza
    I Understand…reality is as uncertain as the brightness of stars,
    Trust is earned and change is hard, Love is captured and held
    In a glance…

    I Say…Love is a music we hear with our hearts and sing with our souls,
    Love is like a religion you believe in even though, sometimes there is
    Little proof of it’s existence…

    I Dream…that I am enough, that this life has not been wasted,
    That there are more memories that can be created…

    I Try…reaching in between the real and unseen, to live again
    Inside a mind made whole by hours spent outside of Time
    Beyond all normal means, of keeping it…

    I Hope…to be so much more than the unknowable,
    Projecting my words inspired by suffering out into the world,
    Silence returns through the storm and stillness surrounds me,
    I hope to be heard, I hope to be seen…

    I Am…writing my way out of the chains
    I fettered my fate to, with words meant
    To escape and break through hidden truths
    Spoken in whispers woven out of the threads
    of Love…
    DONALD GILCHRIST (416292)
    New Lisbon Correctional Institution
    P.O. Box 6000 New Lisbon, WI 53950
    (Has Corrlinks)

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