Inside Out ~ Maggie Lawson


I’m a casual observer

of this cannibalistic carnival

where we line up the bruised and broken

in the house of mirrors

just to mock the distortion

exaggerate the distinctions

of society’s abortions.


I’m watching humanity’s hangover;

a shit stain in a toilet bowl

of God’s golden palace

and I’m pounding on the glass

with bloody fists

and a soundless voice


“let me




whilst I run circles in my fishbowl

having yet to climb out

nor understanding

why I want to.

©All original work copyright Maggie Lawson 2018

Maggie L. chews crayons here: The Art of Chewing Crayons


17 thoughts on “Inside Out ~ Maggie Lawson

  1. I love the brevity on display here Maggie. There’s such a stark resonance in this imagery. Your work always finds a way to unsettle the reader in the best possible manner.

    I also like your comment, “masochism of hope” could be a poem itself. 🙂

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  2. Absolutely, Maggie – would you wish to be ‘inside’ such an abhorrent place…and yet the pull to be accepted is so strong. This poem has a great deal of power, aided, I feel, by its brevity. Some fabulous alliteration too.
    Impressive writing.

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