…from prison…

… are you stranded…
… looking for the way…
… out of the prison cell…
… out of the mountain of torture…

… I was once a prisoner…
… maybe, I’m still one
… perhaps, not as heroic as Mandela…
… maybe, not as infamous as Anini…

… but from the cell…
… I garnered bits and pieces…
… of information to better my life…
… knowledge, no other place was to better offer me…

… in the cell…
… the prison guard stripped me…
… leaving me naked…
… as he sprayed tear gas in my windowless cell…

… branded as a felon…
… I suffered brutalities…
… and more than the cell’s indignities…
… I suffered desertion from my loved ones…

… indeed…
… in the cell…
… I was in the lone…
… and needed someone as a backbone…

… only few…
… few persons remembered the great years of yore…
… those were my soulful friends…
… who knew the virtue that took me to jail…

… day by day…
… as I pass through one ordeal or the other…
… I needed no philosopher to tell me that…
… that there’s a spiritual reality in the universe…

… I needed no one to tell me…
… I saw the lines of truth…
… buried deep in layers of history…
… that spirits dwell in bodies…

… it was from the cell…
… that I grew tall in understanding…
… the art of living…
… and from the most-dreaded, I became the most esteemed…



10 thoughts on “…from prison…” by innoalifa (@innoalifa)

  1. In the cell… This is a metaphor for so many things-the physical cell, the cell of the mind and other confinement as defined by individuals. But I like the cell of the mind, the one that makes you question certain things like [“who I am I?”- The identity crisis.At the end of the day you come out with the truth and like you have rightly put it- /and from the most-dreaded, I became the most esteemed…/

    1. @sambrightomo Thank you so much for reading this poem and making something out of it… Yes, it is a metaphor for so many things – so many of the cells we imprisoned in – fears, doubts, identity clash and so on… and at the end, the truth becomes obvious that it can never be denied…

      1. Very true sir.

        1. @sambrightomo … that’s the point fellow writer…

  2. The use of ellipses gives the poem physical structure, but does it have any meaning? I’d like to know. I agree with the message that the cell is not a bad place in the long run, as we garner experience there that we would otherwise not have had access to.

    1. @febidel Of course, there’s a message in between the lines of the poem more than the cell being not a bad place in the long run… the message revolves around the themes of suffering, knowledge and friendship… no doubt, suffering patiently endured enriches one’s mind with a certain kind of knowledge, peculiar to a particular few… Moreover, the prison expressed must not be like a the common prisons we know of… the cells referred to here include our fears, doubts, isolation and so on… not excluding the main prisons like the kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons, Apapa…

  3. I know the prison you meant or so I think. Great write though!

    1. @shomyk I’m happy you understand the prison I’m writing from… really do appreciate your reading… may we be released from imposed improsnment, as well as from self-imposed imprisonment…

  4. @innoalifa Hmmm “Anini.” on a serious note, for some reason this reminds of the holocaust.

    1. @ufuomaotebele, I’m elated that this reminds you of the murder of not less than six million Jews under the German brutal Nazist system during the second World War………………….thanks for stopping by……………………………

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