Joe Hughes

Veteran Poet - 1,170 Points (Drogheda, Ireland)

The Padded Room - Poem by Joe Hughes

It's just my eye that you can see,
Come closer now, can you see me?
I'm locked in here against my will,
They tell me I am very ill.
It's just my eye that you can see,
I've been in here since half past three..........

I've been in here six hours so far,
I have to pee in a urine jar.
The floor is padded, so are the walls,
No one hears my plaintive calls.
I've been in here six hours or more,
I think I'll be here twenty four...............

Two days have passed, I know the score,
Injections - I've had four or more.
There's nothing here for me to do,
The nursing staff's a motley crew.
Two days have passed, I know the score,
I'm claustrophobic and I'm sore.

My head's a maze of mad ideas,
Of manic thoughts and paranoid fears.
They found me naked in the rain,
I stabbed a guard on a Connex train.
My head's a maze of mad ideas,
But no one sees my inner tears.

It's just my eye that you can see,
But as a child - yes, one of three,
Abused and used - to prison driven,
I spent a life with crime most ridden.
It's just my eye that you can see,
Two days have passed and now it's three............

(The padded cell has a one way eye viewer
for staff use..)


Comments about The Padded Room by Joe Hughes

  • Bharati Nayak (7/4/2016 11:40:00 PM)

    The poem is an excellent portrayal of feelings of some one kept away in a prison cell, lonely, fearful , paranoid and, claustrophobic.He has been kept aloof in a padded cell.To the outer world only his eyes are visible and no one can see his inner tears.
    The poem attempts an analysis of the reason that made a child criminal and the resultant sufferings.
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    Joe Hughes(2/1/2017 3:35:00 PM)

    Bharati'
    This poem is about the locked padded room in a refractory ward in a psychiatric hospital. The subject is a patient and not a criminal and the content is about the unfortunate psychiatric events in his life.
    Regards, Joe

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  • Rajnish Manga (7/4/2016 10:09:00 AM)

    The poem is an effort to introspect and to analyze one's experiences. I quote:
    My head's a maze of mad ideas,
    Of manic thoughts and paranoid fears.
    But no one sees my inner tears.
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  • (7/4/2016 4:07:00 AM)

    Outstanding. It is as deep as the ocean. Congrats (Report)Reply

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  • (3/28/2009 8:01:00 PM)

    I really enjoyed this one, The mind is such a powerful thing and it is great that you have put yourself into this closed in situation with such poetry. beautifully done Joe. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/30/2009 4:57:00 PM)

    I found this to be a very poignant write....a lot of insight used in your words...must come from your training...good striong write...thank you...Fi...10+++ (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 2, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 4, 2011


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