For Red!

Hushed tones

And filtered thoughts

Rang throughout 

The night


The name of the


Next to me

Leaves my memory

As the

Storm starts




For Red!

We cry

And chant



Until all our hopes

Are taken


From our

Mouths and



Quiet whispers

And lost notes

Ring throughout

The cell


Only the sound

Of the man


Stings my ears

This poem is written in response to Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. The picture is of a prison cell and this sparked a image of prisoners together. Why are they there? What lead them to this place? My writing depicts revolutionaries that have been captured after a rebellion. I don’t know exactly why, but I went a bit darker on this piece than I normally do. I’ve been itching to write more fiction, so I think this comes out in my poems. What do you see? How would you respond? Image credit: Tim Hüfner @ Unsplash

16 thoughts on “For Red!

    • Liyona says:

      Thank you for reading Ivor. I agree that incareration (especially in the US) is a prolonged form of torture. After re-reading my poem, I definitely could have taken it farther…


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