Personal Expression, Release, and Exploration of the theme of "Breaking"

Faith Nikki Ian
Steven Leon Farrimond
Faith Nikki Ian
Faith Nikki Ian


But fighting for survival.

I’ve been walking on the borderline
For a long time.
Used to the mediated light
Forgetting that the sun
Is still intact.

Break me!
Take me beyond,
Take me through.

Show me that
I’m still alive, here, and real.

I’ll get down on my hands and knees.
Destroy me.
Your pain is healing.

I forgot who I was
In solitary confinement.
From my tomb it takes war to free me sometimes,
Violent rescue.

At the borderline
You take and hold me there, on the edge.
It’s a razor wire, you know.

Turn one way, it’s dangerous.

You might go over the line.

I have been waiting here
Bound and shackled.
A prisoner
Studying the bars on the walls

But I never give up
On living again.

Steven Leon Farrimond

Comments on: "Poem-“Borderline” please scroll down if it doesn’t appear at top of page." (5)

  1. This was originally written approx. 2004, 2005, or so.

  2. I like this. Have you ever read “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl? Some of that imagery comes to mind.

    • Hey Marek, I did read some of Frankl’s book years ago, particularly his concentration camp experiences. Perhaps I should retread it! Thanks for the linking of my poem to that book, I don’t think I read the whole book, but know he is someone I have a lot of respect for and value his experience.

  3. Hey Nikki!

    Congratulations for putting your wonderful, thoughtful, reflective and deep writing on your blog! I wish you all the best, always!


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