joy's passing

muffled echoes of old laughter
the last wave of eternal bliss
retreating from memory
freezing this moment of nothing

the stillness begins

sighs of forsaken hope
descending to the cell
in a clang of resignation
doubting daylight's unknown caress

the emptiness again

comes a glimmer of remembrance
recognition of this familiar prison
it's safety, security and temporary reign
until broken into unrestrained