This poem uses the genre of "Found Poetry" whereby a series of snippets and phrases from four poems* have been stitched together and edited to produce a newer text with fresh meaning.

The poem has been composed in response to 'EXIT', the Vetements  special film:

 

The Poet's Prison

 

When Love with unconfinèd wings

hovers within my gates, and

my divine Althea brings

her whispers to the grate,

 

Then all at once I see a crowd,

a host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

 

But I’m lost

in the dark labyrinth of my mind:

No way out, no exits, only dead ends.

Suffocation, torture, desert or jungle.

 

And when I lie tangled in her hair,

fettered to her deep blue eyes,

the Gods that wanton in the air,

give me no such liberty.

 

I am trapped in a jungle of voices

in which I cannot

spread

my

wings.

 

Even so, you insist that I take flight

You will not set me free. That

you stitch-my-eyelashes-closed, and

insist that I must explain the weather.

 

Terrorise my feet with echoes of chains ----

The waves beside them danced; but they

out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

I’m trapped in the undertow of the sea,

fighting to get back to the surface.

 

Why must they torture me?

I feel as if they’re tearing the skin off my body.

 

I wandered lonely as a cloud

that floats on high o'er vales and hills,

Stone walls do not a prison make,

nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent

and quiet take

that for an hermitage.

 

If I have freedom

in my love,

and in my soul I am free,

angels alone that

soar

above,

enjoy such ---- liberty.

 

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Sources:

Trapped In My Mind, by Khaleel Steir, www.poemhunter.com/poem/trapped-in-my-mind/, [accessed 18 July 2015]

This Prisoner Breathes, by Noshi Gillani, www.poemhunter.com/poem/this-prisoner-breathes/, [accessed 18 July 2015]

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud, by William Wordsworth, www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174790,  [accessed 18 July 2015]

To Althea, From Prison, by Richard Lovelace, www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173923, [accessed 18 July 2015]

Words: Compiled by Grace Carter