I LEFT MY SELF AT THE DOOR

I left my self at the door this morning    
Slammed the door and walked away      
It is just a regular day, working  
 
The walls are cold and people are yelling             
Didn’t they eat their breakfast on the tray? 
I left my self at the door this morning
 
Twenty-five men enter, crawling
Twenty-five men are washed away
It is just a regular day, working
 
Did I hear the child calling
When her mother started to pray?
I left my self at the door this morning
 
My sister came, dad is moaning
The sky is low, the clouds ash-grey
It is just a regular day, working
 
My neck itches and my legs are falling
On its surface, the skin betrays
I found no-one at the door this evening
Though it was just a regular day, working
 
                                                                                        London, October 2020. Marie Beauchamps ©
                                                                                        Photograph by Bart Koetsier ©

This poem followed our conversation on what it takes a prison guard to be able to do their job, and one of the participant having read an interview with a prison guard stating that they leave themselves at home when going to work. It prompted me to listen to that voice more closely.

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