Can you see me?
Hello, can you see me, do you really know my name
Can you see the heartache, the fear that hides behind my name?
Hello, you think you know me, the prisoner I’ve become
Do your whack, get off the smack, you’re not the only one.
Hello, can you hear me, when you shut that door at night
Crying myself to sleep, giving up the fight.
Hello, good morning to you, it’s the same as yesterday
Pretend to be stronger, more worried about what they’ll say.
Pretend your sweet, worrying about who you’ll meet
Here mate, there’s my seat, just walk the other way.
Hello, I know you know me, sometimes you think I’m not here
Walking around without a concern or care
Hello, now you know me, I’m that voice inside your head
I’m there when you wake, and still here when you go to bed.
Hello, don’t act like you don’t know me
I’m still that voice inside your head.
Hydebank Wood College & Women's Prison
2nd Prize Poetry Getting Started, Listowel Writing in Prison Awards, 2021
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