The Chambers of my Heart

Fremantle Prison
A prisoner of Her Majesty. “V” for Victoria on the gates of the extraordinary convict built Fremantle Prison

My heart has different chambers

Wherein are locked my heart’s desires.

Sometimes quiet in their cells,

Sometimes screaming through the bars.

I shake with their uneasy rattling,

Body and Soul,

While my brain jangles the keys,

Toying with the prisoners,

Holding out the chance of freedom,

But just out of reach,

Cold and conscientious.


My heart has different chambers,

But the locks are rusting over,

And some of the keys are lost.

Hanging on pegs in forgotten cupboards,

Or dropped down drain holes…accidentally.

But I can hear the prisoners plotting,

Planning their escape,

And no matter how I try,

They dig their tunnels in the darkness…

And I must be ever vigilant of,

A breakout…a riot…an awakening.


So I hold fast the remaining keys,

A warden of my hearts desires,

Imprisoned in the different chambers,

of my heart.


In response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge

The Daily Post Photo Challenge




  1. Thanks so much for sharing your response to the MLMM Photo Challenge TJ 🙂

    I appreciate your use of your image, as taken on your particular adventure.

    I think you’ve composed a very interesting and dynamic poem here – it makes great use of your image and references the challenge image very well. The heart – a locked cell or open book? A compendium of many different nooks and crannies – which I think you have begun to explore very well in this piece.

    So I hold fast the remaining keys,
    A warden of my hearts desires,

    These lines – they are lovely and so telling – speaking, I believe to a “universal truth” so many of us experience – guarding our heart’s desires, dreams, hopes, wishes, pain ….

    Well done and perhaps we shall see more of you around at MLMM – always most welcomed 🙂


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    1. Thanks so much Pat for your lovely comments and for taking so much time to reflect on my poem. I am very flattered that you enjoyed it. I will certainly look forward to participating in the future. Very best wishes from Western Australia! TJ

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  2. A splendid response for the photo challenge, using your own image but staying in the same general theme. I enjoyed the intensity of your poem though I’d consider letting your desires out of a bit for a bit of air … 😉

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    1. Thanks so much! I enjoyed thinking of the poem and I agree that letting your desires out sometimes is a good thing but I am half British and one just does not do such things does one? 😉

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      1. Ah … I’m not half British .. but alas … I’m of German stock .. but living in Italy has taught me a lot – as Shrek would say “Better out than in”! 😉

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          1. I think there’s a popular stereotype that goes around (probably based on the Opera) that Italians are very emotional and some are and in some regions more than others … if you come to my region (it used to be part of the Austrian Empire 😉 ) for example your British ancestry would feel quite at home 😉

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          2. I must apologise for my generalisation. I know that a lot of people think all Australians wrestle crocodiles, surf and drink endless beer.
            Sometimes we do but not always! 🙂

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          3. Ah .. it’s normal actually – I globe trotted until my early thirties and can assure you if there is one thing that is common among all people are generalizations – I suppose that’s how we can imagine someone outside our own reality… sounds like Crocodile Dundee did a fine job stereotyping Australians doesn’t it 😀

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          4. Absolutely. Unfortunately some Aussie tourists don’t help dispell the myth. I know that the French seem to like Australians but not the English and I wonder if the Italians have any general feelings towards us.

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          5. I’m not really sure if the Italians have any particular feelings about Australia .. many of the young people go for working vacations to Australia and it seems to be preferred to the United States – when people talk about immigrating now days they prefer to think about Australia, New Zealand or Canada in that order (They seem to think that Canada is on the North Pole).

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          6. Very happy to hear that we are not considered generally objectionable. 🙂 Although I personally would love to live at least closer to Europe, Australia is a wonderful place to live. Hope your week is a wonderful one. 🙂

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