Asylum

 

Claudio Mufarrege's "The Arrow Shot"

You bind me

But your walls, your halls they cannot hold me

Body broken but the spirit

Rise, swimming in the deep

Recesses of the forgotten—

Mind: sole reality of prison

You forget, but this soul knows,

It reaches through your gray decay

And in the darkness spring forth wings

To flight, unknown, and I am nothing and no one

But here I am,

These halls

Are mine.

* Photography by Claudio Mufarrege, from her gorgeous photos and interview I conducted with her, as featured on One Stop Poetry.

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14 thoughts on “Asylum

  1. What a line… “Mind: sole reality of prison / You forget,” as well as a reminder of binding physical walls, both in terms of institutional as well as gray matter(s). Also makes me think of poets taking ownership of their work (our insanity so to speak) treading the halls of our own creation. Kick ass job today, Chris!

  2. Body broken but the spirit

    Rise, swimming in the deep

    Recesses of the forgotten —

    Chris, what a beautiful yet haunting image. Good job. I love the photograph as well. Love all you poets who choose beautiful photographs to accompany your poems. It really sets the mood of the poetry.

    Hope all is well. Talk soon.

    ~ C

  3. Loved this, a triumph of spirit over physical body, over time and space, the poem a sort of coming to full circle…

    But here I am,

    These halls

    Are mine.

    When I read the final lines I heard my own spirit agree: Yes!

  4. You’ve identified the two essential elements of the photo — darkness (the hallways) and light (the figure) — and the freedom the light has even when confined in darkeness. Good poem.

    (And that was a great interview with Claudio, by the way.)

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