The Trap

This poem was written at age 15. Throughout my school years, I was terribly unhappy and found refuge in my writing. That is when I wrote so very many of my poems as I have always found it easiest to write when there is something I feel emotional or passionate about, whether in a positive or negative sense.

I’m caught in a trap and I need to get out
I cannot scream; it’s impossible to shout.
Yearning for things that I can’t have
My desire for these are great
This yearning and burning within my heart
I know to be my fate.

I should have learned my lesson now
As I’ve been hurt before
I’m asking to be hurt again
I’m fighting my own war.

Within my heart there lies a wound
This wound may never heal
However much I want it to
Whichever way I feel.

I’ve never had what others have
I hope to have one day
But what’s there to have when you’re caught in a trap
And you have a beast to slay?

I’ll never talk of my desires
I’ll lock them in my heart
And then I’ll throw away the key
And make a fresh new start

By Sarah Downing

My name is Sarah. I was born and grew up in England and currently live in Düsseldorf, Germany, with my fiancé Corey and my cuddly cat Biscuit. I work as a translator and writer for my own company Aardwolf Text Services ( and I love vintage clothes and music, as well as singing karaoke.

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