Author's notes: These poems were written following a prompt to write two contrasting poems using similar themes. I hope it worked. The section in italics is a switch to third person in the first poem. Thanks for reading, ZB.
Flying with Chains
I imagine myself flying with wings of white
I imagine myself falling into the darkest night
In worlds I dwell upon slumbers stroke
Where reality becomes a joke
My heart of ice slowly thaws
Only to be eaten by vicious jaws
In the silence I sit and listen
As this world becomes my obsession
Watching from a distance so they can't see
That I am merely a shadow of my scripted glee
In dungeons I lay in chains of white
No rescuer or saviour in sight
Only dreams of flight to fill my days
And nightmares of falling into disarray.
In a pit of quiet the silence grew
All around nothing could be found
As slowly the darkness did surround
All light crept away through the cracks
Leaving pieces of a broken world's map
Her heart drifted in stormy clouds
She parted her lips but heard no sound
For she knew there was no way out.
Into freedom we are born
Floating on to reach the shore
Air sweetly fills these lungs anew
The same sun tingles all who grew
Endless cycles of life and love
Endless dreams of drifting above
In golden pools and aqua skies
In peaceful slumber where we shall reside
Tomorrow the day will start again
Another chance to go forth and win!
The sky is the limit and the stars the goal
But never forget your way back home.