Katherine Power

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Asylum Prison - Poem by Katherine Power

I heard the door from far away
Which was in truth, only next to my head
But i was caught up in familiar faces
counting graves, winning races.
Listening to voices, i knew weren't there
but so persistent i had to listen

Once in a while i would lift my head
and stare at the face i had come to dread
They had told me he watched me all the time
Banging my cell, keeping me in line

It's happened before, i was still afraid
Would i have to kill him too?
A sweet merry go round tune
Is all i remember of the others.
They deserved it though.

A song starts to echo through the desolate walls
Hauntingly familiar, eyes wide and hoping
Had they come back as angels?
Were they here to take me with them?
I had asked my voices last night, to take me to them.
They wouldn't listen though.
Too busy hiding.

He's back again, banging my door
I don't know why
Maybe it's because my lips are moving, but i don't hear what i'm saying
'Mary had a little lamb...'
This song again
'Little lamb...'
Stumbling forward
'Little lamb...'
Skin pressed up against the door
'Mary had a little lamb...'
Let me out. Help me.
'Who's fleece was white as snow...'

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 21, 2005

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