When I close my eyes
I see myself inside a padded cell
the doors are locked, the windows barred
and there’s not a soul to hear my cries.
What hope is there to give
when darkness rages up against
the hungry eye of wanton solitude
to feed on wretched lies?
Will this journey end
with all goodness torn to shreds
by the savagery of tortured minds
until all that’s human dies?
Now my eyes must open
and see the reality of this life
the walls unpadded, the doors unlocked
yet still trapped where nothing flies.