In A Box

In a box with rusty padlocks in a corner of my head,
Are the broken toys of a childhood, laid to rest in premature separation.
Drowned emotions and strangled feelings, together dressed in black,
Are shadows of an inquisitive soul that might have been set free,
Were it not for a box with rusty padlocks in a corner of my head.

The keys, personally guarded on my gaolers’ chain,
Now hidden in recesses, beyond mind’s reach, never to be found.
Neither ‘pick nor ‘smith would shift corroded levers and
The wardens’ demise brings no release from this life suspended
In enforced solitude.

Witless, shameless, remorseless persecution, fuelled by
Ignorance, ineptitude, abandonment and violence stole
An innocence and created this lifeless shell,
Animated only by necessity and obligation. Unable
To share my self, even with myself.

Scratched and dented, but unbroken by logic and reason.
A gift from two strangers, like a Chinese puzzle in a
Christmas stocking, unresolved and unwanted.
Hidden from view is the me I should have been,
In a box with rusty padlocks in a corner of my head.

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Aloke
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A nostalgia of broken childhood etched with powerful imagery !

Sreelatha Chakravarty
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Lovely! The feeling is supreme. However, could do with editing…to tighten n make it more lilting. For eg. get rid of the the(s) and a(s). For eg.
“Are the broken toys of a childhood, laid to rest in premature separation”
could be edited as…
“Are broken toys of childhood, laid to to premature rest”

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