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NaPoWriMo Poems by You #6: ImPrisonED by Charlotte Chester

Sarah and Jeff Boyle

Today, we've got a poem and art one-two punch. "ImPrisonED" was written in direct response to the painting by Annabel Taylor, below. This isn't art as illustration; it is art and poem functioning as one piece.

ImPrisonED

Untitled by Annabel Taylor

Untitled by Annabel Taylor

She feels it
The poison
Churning her stomach
Hate and disgust consume her
Racing for the cure
She opens a door to a room of
Clean
White
Order
Silent, she makes herself pure with the aid of
A finger and basin
Again.
Lightness returns, with blooding rushing to the head
Heaving
Staring down at her prison
She sees
Thin
Traces of vomit in the distorted view of herself
Her watery eyes stare back
From the white bowl
Echoes of the pond
Leaving prison, she moves to the next
Torture.
Steeping on the platform of truth,
The dial spins to her fate
The numbers here don't lie to her
People do to her,
Whispering behind her back
Claiming she's wrong.
Claiming she needs to stop.
She's going down
Smaller
Slimmer
Slipping closer to
Perfection.

by Charlotte Chester, age 14