And I Am Still

And I Am Still

A Poem Without Rhyme

by David Jorre on Unsplash

Darkness comes crashing in,
Surrounds me with echoes,
Wraps me in chains,
Chokes me with metal on metal,
And I am within,
Lost, trapped, and fragile,
The slightest move threatens to break,
And I am still.

Longing for someone to see,
I don’t dare to let them in,
Alone and broken,
Caught up in pain,
And I am within,
Ropes lash at my insides,
Sharpest whips leave invisible wounds,
And I say nothing.
And I am still.

Shadows envelop me,
I can see no light,
Nothing but black,
Eerie silence fills the air,
And I am within,
I long to be free,
To rent these chains,
And I am caught,
A battle never to win,
Despite whatever fight I put up,
And I give up.
And I say nothing.
And I am still.

Sharp claws scratch me,
The beast encroaches,
I close my eyes,
If I can’t see it then maybe it’s not real,
And I am within,
It comes closer still,
It’s breath on my face,
Hot and stale and stinking,
And I am trapped.
And I give up.
And I say nothing.
And I am still.

Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.


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