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A prison to keep us safe

The white sands of a beach.
With clear blue skies.
A fine day for a picnic.
I could not get access.

Luxury homes along the coast.
Overlooking the blue ocean.
Their own secluded beach.
No entry, gated property.

Terrace houses in suburbs.
Almost all have guard posts.
To stop crime, defend our homes.
To protect ourselves, we tell.

When did fear take over?
Of locking ourselves in prisons.
Afraid of our own shadow.
A false sense of safety.

Public roads with guard posts.
No entry without permission.
Halt! Security checks.
A prison to keep us safe.

By C.E. Pereira


I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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