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It’s Not You. It’s Me.

Loving a prisoner

Natalie Jeanne Maddy
4 min readNov 22, 2023


“There is no great Hell than to be a prisoner…”
— Ben Jonson

you’re the one behind bars,
but it’s me who is a prisoner

warm tears kiss my cheeks nightly
because you aren’t here to do just that,
and i hug myself tightly in a tiny ball until i fall asleep
because i crave your touch, your embrace, YOU,
but no…



Natalie Jeanne Maddy

I try to rouse others to find their truths by writing about my own!💋Yoga, meditation, and aromatherapy teacher. Author of 5 books — thriller, healing, poetry.