Lost & Dungeons of the Mind


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Lost & Dungeons of the Mind


In the dark corridors of the mind

lie secrets beyond our imagination.

Imprisoned there of our own volition.

Our most precious thoughts contained therein.

At times they scream to be released.

Beaten back by our own fear

that they may become known to others.

Disclosing who we really are

and that which must remain hidden at all costs.

For each of us is but a reflection of our own vanity.

Casting a most dubious shadow

in a world of people wearing masks

to conceal the less than perfect being within.

So the mind maintains its facade unto itself

 and the secret of our inner being shall

forever be hidden behind a veil of deceit.

In the process we lose control of who we really are

and what is real and what is imaginary.

We are transformed to the false image that we project

and the true person within is lost forever.

©Copyright 2009 Charlie Gragg 

The Dungeons of the Mind

The dungeons of the mind are a dark sullen place

A refuge of sorts when life we cannot face

It’s lonely there as no one else can enter

The only other voice that of a mad roaring stentor      

 Life’s struggles are hard and they very seldom lessen

They drag us inward and downward toward our own personal prison

For every step we take it seems more barriers block the way

One after another until we are racked with utter dismay

 The chains that bind us are made of soft and moldable clay

Yet they hold us captive in most every imaginable way

The mind twists and turns and rattles the heavy chains

But to no avail as trapped and captive it remains

  To escape one must seek the road away from self pity

And take the path of renewal in spite of its acclivity

No one but you can make the difficult journey come true

So take control of your life my friend and bid the dungeon adieu


©Copyright 2009 Charlie Gragg  

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connsk8 commented on Lost & Dungeons of the Mind


I believe in "Lost," I often tell my sister that I am not the kind person she thinks I am, It ry to tell her my darkest worst thoughts but she always brings me back to the good in me...but I know of the lost...now as far as the dungeons, oh a 10 for lost because you have the guts to be honest where we can't even be honest to ourselves,now, the dungeons, I wouldn't call them dungeons, mine are of a very different place but we all go there and it is in our power to free ourselves, not as fond of this as Lost, but still a good write, a 9 from me, now I must catch up...



My thanks to you for commenting.

StandingBear commented on Lost & Dungeons of the Mind


The Dungeons Of The Mind ,, a perfect balance per Lost. Work of a genius in print.



Thank you

Stardrift commented on Lost & Dungeons of the Mind


Cool idea, companion poems, symbolizing our duality. The first ends negatively with no rhyme and harmony, the second positively with rhyme. Pretty much genius! Sound advice and a hyperslick write! ~~~1~ 0



Your comments are welcomed and very pointed. Thanks for reading.

cottoncandi commented on Lost & Dungeons of the Mind


Hampton you are a very remarkable poet every poem i read makes me want to read more i love your work



You are too kind. Thanks for reading and commeting.

lamize commented on Lost & Dungeons of the Mind


Boy have I felt those dungeons before. . .what a great write with such a strong grasp of true feelings . . . . love it!



I appreciate your reading and commenting.

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

Hampton’s Poems (111)

Title Comments
Title Comments
Searching 5
The Poetess 14
Nonsense 12
Solitude 18
Lame Limericks 14
Message to Papa 15
Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
The Computer From Hell 18
Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
The Mind In Motion 13
The Game of Poetry 9
Silence 55
WordSlinger 19
Holiday Thoughts 12
Sweet Mary 18
From White to Grey to Black 19
The Reckoning 12
And All of That Jazz 16
Today 25
No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
Lucky 10
You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
Saturday Night 13
Political Change? 14
The Female Gender 17
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
Remembering 11
This Web We Weave 13
The End 16
The Day the Clouds Cried 16
The Path of Life 12
My Mother Ruth 12
Humanities Challenge 14
A Cowboy's Perspective 12
July in Buda Texas 14
The OP Poets Parade 20
The Chatelaine 12
Shot Through the Heart 17
Poetry and Fine Wine 18
The Man What Am 10
The Final Beat of My Heart 16
The Rainbow of Poets 19
A Cowboy's Lament 13
Of This World I am Not 17
The Wee People 19
An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
The Scent of Love 14
Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
Memories of Times Past 13
The Dance of the Poets 20
The Confession 14
Road to Obscurity 18
Barbara 14
Shadows 15
Prescience 17
Words That Bind 54
Wondering 26
New Year News from Buda Texas 13
We Are All Witnesses 16
Christmas 25
A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
The 9 ers 24
Love Defined 27
Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
More News From Buda Texas 26
Choices 26
News from Buda, Texas 21
In Search of God 21
Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
Out of the Darkness 15
Visions from Within the Mist 18
Baseball 12
The Night Stalker 16
The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
The Sounds of Time 17
The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
Blah Blah Blah 14
One Two Three 13
Carpe Viam 11
Love in the Afternoon 13
The Moth 14
Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
The Creative Process 19
The Truth and the Tribe 19
The Long Wait. 19
Feathers 26
The Arrow 14
Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
Ghostly Images 16
Friends 11
Angels Without Wings 20
The Rider 16
Pride and Shame 18
The Winning Poet is.... 21
Memories 13
Politicians 67
Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
God's Visit 17
Poets and Poems 20
Love Thy Neighbor 13
Renewal 8
The Roar of Silence 17
Blessed Are These Days 4
Time and Space 5
Life's Journey 8
Gift To The Fallen 16
Hunger 21
The Antique Shop 30