In the Prison Library

He finally learnt to set sail,
build a kingdom
out of imagery,
escape the bars and walls
by travelling deep inside.
Soaring amongst the pages
of blood-like ink
and heart-spun tales
of struggles and glory.
He climbed mountains
of imagination,
abseiled each sentence
with ever-hungry eyes,
each poetic journey
becoming his very own.
Fell in love with Cyprus,
the sunset over Paris,
The Alps in Springtime
and Connecticut in Fall.
The Calendar
became less important,
as his Mind
absorbed and blossomed.
With Magic at his fingertips,
each day, he transported
his consciousness somewhere new.

Paul Tristram is a widely published Welsh writer who deals in the Lowlife, Outsider, and Outlaw genres.  He wrote his first poem as a teenager following his release from the (Infamous) Borstal ‘HMP Portland’, and he has been creating Literary Terrorism ever since.  His novel ‘Crazy Like Emotion’ published by Close To The Bone Publishing is available to purchase right here Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.