Imagine a prison
Impossible to break from
Yet without physical form.
Built not of brick but of pain,
Life ruined by the abstract.
There are others of your kind
Unseen in their struggle
But the very nature of your
Unique and sublime imprisonment
Blinds you to them.
Rather than fight, they line
Or else ignore the obvious,
Faces sweating behind bitter masks.
Those who are fortunate
Fill you with anger.
Their love is nought but luck,
And how lucky they love,
Another bead of sweat rolls
Beneath your jaded caricature.
They’re so immature!
You dance in your mind,
Rhythms so sensual,
Pounding party silly rhythms,
Inexplicable sun shining smiling
Fresh faced rhythms incomprehensible
That fact should swamp denial.
Go on, dance, close your eyes and
Dance and let yourself go in a
Way that shouldn’t be disco lights
Flashing almost unbelievable as you
Submit to the bounty of freedom
Sugar flip heart thump moving
Fingers across the forbidden and
Not one ounce of tired regret.
Just don’t. Open. Your. Eyes.
Steadfast in your culture,
Grey tomb of the senses,
Flesh unblemished to the whip crack
Absolute devotion to the ether
Shouting loudest through sheer pride
You’ve got to do what’s right
You’ve got to do what’s right
You’ve got to do what’s right.
Imagine a prison
Impossible to break from,
Not one, but many,
As many prisons as there are poets
And in some places more than others
Only a lucky few have ever escaped
For those who are the exquisite hidden in cupboards.
For those who fortune denies because they refuse to shout.
For those who would otherwise shine so bright were it not so dark and needlessly so.
For those who more conscious than the jaded so called moral imperative.
For those who multicolour the beige.
For those who feel that burning pounding quick-tempo heartbeat tick tick ticking absolute proof down deep within.
For those who don’t want to upset anyone.
For those who are being true to themselves.
For those who love.
For those who would dearly like to love but never will so long as they’re fumbling in the pitch dark.
For those who would spread compassion if given the chance.
For those who stand tall and proud in the face of ignorance.
For those who challenge the invented with the blinding torch of truth.
For those who caress and whisper sweet nothings and then open their eyes to find an empty bed.
For those who don’t want to shock and close the door voluntarily.
For those who care too much.
For those who feel they have no brothers or sisters.
For those who feel they are the only person ever ever ever ever to feel this way.
For those who make a thousand tiny differences a year.
For those whose revolution will knowingly take longer than their own lifetimes.
For those who would otherwise be flogged or hanged or stoned or cast from the safety of decent thought by those who profess to know the truth of words written fluently yet deliberately twisted ambiguous in order to hide the cultural anger seething beneath.
For those who delete their browsing history.
For those who try to prize open a door knowing that it will be slammed shut but keep on trying nonetheless.
For those who paid the ultimate price.
For those who resort to secret languages and those who give in and try to decipher filled with the eager promise of just knowing.
For those who are afraid.
For those who never will.
For those who see the world quivering ecstatic and reach out with trembling fingertips ever so eager to be a part yet knowing deep down they never will because they are really not as brave or as fortunate as those who color the world with love.
For those who hide behind masks of dubious preferences just to make it look like they are one of the crowd.
For those who are furious.
For those who are curious.
For those who log on with an alias.
For those who dance ecstatic the most writhing sexual beautiful hypnotic dance but only to themselves alone alone alone in the mirror.
For those who feel that everything is hopeless faced with ninety six percent against, newspaper editorials, fuming spitting evangelists, political bullies, idiots with guns and clubs and religious texts, charismatic spirituality, cultural commentators and peddlers of hated.
For those who burst out so fast that the world never could catch them.
For those who burned up too soon.
For those who took a chance and flowered briefly then disappeared leaving behind them the hint that if done differently it might actually work.
For those who are vehement in their love.
For those who are just plain unlucky.
For those who are scared.
For those who are scarred.
For those who would otherwise be sacred.
You are the real
And your time will come
When superstition loses and common sense takes over.
Pile up your love right now
So that when the doors finally open
It will all come tumbling through.
I am a spoken word artist from Devon, and my website is robertdgarnham.wordpress.com