Life Sentence

by Cindy   Dec 21, 2006

This is a poem about my feelings from being chronically ill and homebound.

I sit here trapped and alone,
behind walls and doors.
In a body I don't know anymore,
shades drawn from prying eyes.

The life I had but a dream,
I have sat for years.
Just memories, and many tears,
trying to retrieve time.

I have no chance for parole
I am serving a life sentence.
This feels like my repentance,
for some sin committed.

I know pain so well,
spending my time with ones so dear.
Praying for the end to get here,
only then will I be free.

Written By: Cynthia Graver December 21, 2006


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  • 2 years ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    This is so sad and I can relate so well. Very powerful written and thank you for sharing. Add to my favorite.

  • 2 years ago

    by Ben Pickard


    What can I say about this piece other than how heart breaking it is and how well written - you employ a rhyme scheme here that isn't used very often.

    I have numerous favourite lines in this, but "In a body I don't know anymore" and "I have no chance for parole I am serving a life sentence" are the best and most effective in my humble opinion. They say so much about the way you were feeling then - 10 years on, I don't know if you feel any better about your situation - I hope so.

    You have so much to offer and so much to still be grateful for from what I know of you - your poetry, your passion, and a family I know you adore. Don't hope for the end too quickly - the world needs more fighters like you in it, not less.

    Cindy, this poem oozes literary class but - more importantly in my opinion - sincerity, honesty and raw emotion. Not everyone can express those things as skilfully as you have here.

    All the very best and take care,

  • 8 years ago

    by Baby Rainbow

    Please dont give up yet, im not sure what it is that keeps you here, but somehow you are here... and i am thank ful for that... you are a stranger to me, but a friend to my heart. and angel to my life. thank you xx

  • 11 years ago

    by Jenni Marie

    This really puts things into perspective.
    I admire you for your courage to stay strong.
    I thought this was so sad, but a pleasure to read.

  • 11 years ago

    by Michelle18

    Very powerful poem!!! so into detail too. i love it.