Jimmy Santiago Baca

(2 January 1952 / Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Like an Animal


Behind the smooth texture
Of my eyes, way inside me,
A part of me has died:
I move my bloody fingernails
Across it, hard as a blackboard,
Run my fingers along it,
The chalk white scars
That say I AM SCARED,
Scared of what might become
Of me, the real me,
Behind these prison walls.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Bronze Star - 2,322 Points Luis Estable (2/16/2015 10:14:00 PM)

    This poem is short, but this is enough to convey the powerful mesage here told. The choice of words is suitable for the quickness of the thought, a thought of pain an future anxiety. You have done well here.

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,511 Points Godfrey Morris (2/16/2015 8:52:00 PM)

    Lovely write great poem (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,958 Points Smoky Hoss (2/16/2015 8:40:00 AM)

    A mental prison is perhaps the worst kind to fear. The hardest to escape. With words such as these, one attempts to tunnel out. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 14 Points Faith Gregory (2/16/2015 1:32:00 PM)

    Hello Dear, how is everything going over there with you, i hope very fine i saw your profile where i am searching for a friend, and it will be my pleasure for us to be friends please for more introduction write direct to my mail box for my pictures and more communication, Let me know your interest on me write me here(faithgregory88@hotmail.com) Thanks Miss faith gregory

  • Gold Star - 11,882 Points Kim Barney (2/16/2015 5:26:00 AM)

    Wow! This is intense! I've never been in a prison, but this seems very real. A well-written piece. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Marie Valdez (4/26/2009 11:05:00 PM)

    Only one that has walked in the shoes of a prisoner can identify with his or her poetry with the feeling of how it is behind the walls of a prison and i'm one of them, this is too real to deny or forget about it. (Report) Reply

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