Swimming With a Hook in my Mouth – Poem of the Month – January 2023
Swimming With a Hook in my Mouth
In this prison I am not alone
There is food and warmth
A security the body craves
but a nourishment
unable to feed the mind
Here in your jail my soul possessed
Cramped in a cell, my words stifled
Expectations to meet
A schedule to follow
Duties to be performed
Resentment builds within
I tread water to prevent drowning
in your sea of servitude
I am tired of swimming
with a hook in my mouth
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Oh, this brings back some memories from my first marriage. Well written, Christine!
Thanks Susi! I’m happy it resonated with you but it saddens me that you too were in that position 🥲
I feel there are so many who were or are still in that position. 🙁 But it is how I learned never to be “swimming with a hook in my mouth” ever again. Life lessons. 🙂
Yes, too many in that position. I have been there like you, and never again 😦 Thanks, as always, Susie ☺️❤️
Same! You’re welcome, Christine! <3
Captivating poem. Loved it.👏🏽
Thank you dear Jude ☺️💕
Your title says it all! What a great image of a sad reletionship!
Thanks Dwight! ☺️💕
Wow! What a great poem, Christine!! Hoping this is all fiction! Inspired by a great Muse????
I’m not saying! It’s hard to speak with a hook in your mouth. Lol. ☺️❤️
Mmm, yes, I guess that is true – never tried it either. Probably wise because words and whispers echo!!!! 😊💖🌹
So many never find freedom… powerful.
Thank you, Margaret ☺️💕
Captures the feeling of being trapped and being manipulated very accurately. The line “Swimming with a hook in my mouth” is a powerful image.
Thank you M Jay. I really appreciate it ☺️💕
Christine, this is such a heartfelt and moving poem. Bravo
Thank you dear Sadje. You are always so kind. ☺️❤️
You’re most welcome.
That is a tough situation to be in. Hopefully there is freedom at the end. Happy New Year!
Thank you so much, Grace. I always appreciate your words. Happy new year. ☺️💕
Bravo Christine, I think you capture the experience very effectively here… That said, I have never been in prison, but have visited on a number of occasions…
Lol Scott! You know I used it metaphorically, right? 🤣
Brilliant poem that many of us can relate to Christine. Well done. Lynn
Thanks Lynn ☺️ wishing you a happy new year ❤️
Brilliant poem that many of us can relate to. Well done, Christine. Lynn
Thank you Lynn. I appreciate that very much. ☺️❤️
The ache is so well-penned in this! 👏👏
Thanks Tricia. Happy new year to you. ☺️❤️
Thanks so much. Happy new year! ☺️
Happy new year
Hook removal is always painful and usually leaves scars, but swimming away, freed, overcomes all negatives. Wonderful work. Thanks.
Thanks so much Ron. Happy new year to you! ☺️💕
Here’s to breaking outta there! Solitude is vastly underrated.
Yes! Happy new year Brendan ☺️
The prisons we allow ourselves to be put into. Nicely done, Christine!
I know Linda. It’s a sad situation. Thank you and Happy New Year ☺️❤️
This is a powerful and intense situation that you’ve portrayed. It makes me hope the narrator can find some relief and break out of that confinement.
Yes, I think she’s just about had it! Thanks, Joyce ☺️❤️