Like An Animal Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Like An Animal

Rating: 3.6

Behind the smooth texture
Of my eyes, way inside me,
A part of me has died:
I move my bloody fingernails
Across it, hard as a blackboard,
Run my fingers along it,
The chalk white scars
That say I AM SCARED,
Scared of what might become
Of me, the real me,
Behind these prison walls.

Smoky Hoss 16 February 2015

A mental prison is perhaps the worst kind to fear. The hardest to escape. With words such as these, one attempts to tunnel out.

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Godfrey Morris 16 February 2015

Lovely write great poem

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Kim Barney 16 February 2015

Wow! This is intense! I've never been in a prison, but this seems very real. A well-written piece.

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Marie Valdez 26 April 2009

Only one that has walked in the shoes of a prisoner can identify with his or her poetry with the feeling of how it is behind the walls of a prison and i'm one of them, this is too real to deny or forget about it.

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Glen Kappy 24 July 2018

jimmy is an albuquerque, new mexico resident as i am. i've met him, read him, and know something of his story. the prison walls in this poem are probably literal—that's part of his story—as well, perhaps, as figurative. i don't have anything much to parallel his prison experience, and yet this poem strikes me with blunt force. i think again that baca is a natural poet—poetry just seems to flow right from him. -gk

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Adeeb Alfateh 23 July 2019

The chalk white scars That say I AM SCARED, Scared of what might become Of me, the real me, superb write superb 10++++++++++++++++

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Sylvia Frances Chan 11 November 2018

WOW. A greatest philosophical poem about the self. The metaphors are shouting and exploding. Fantastic short poem but powerful loaded and excellently worded. First of all my well meant CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as Modern Poem Of The Day, Hurray! Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem sheer brilliant poetry from your exploding inside. Submitted in 2003, My highest compliments, Jimmy Sir. GBU in Abundance, Amen

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Kumarmani Mahakul 24 July 2018

A great philosophical poem nicely executed.

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Anil Kumar Panda 24 July 2018

Our real self is caged inside our mind. Nice poem indeed. Thanks for sharing.

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Edward Kofi Louis 24 July 2018

The real me! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Jimmy Santiago Baca

Jimmy Santiago Baca

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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