Prison Love: Romantic Poems For Your Boyfriend in Jail

Originally Published August 14, 2020

Loving someone whom you can’t be with physically takes courage and determination. Even more so if that one person who makes your heart beat is struggling behind prison bars.

You yearn to be with them, hold them tight, and hear their laughter.  But aside from a few phone calls, you’ll have to content yourself with letters that usually take days to arrive. At least until you can be with them again.

This is why what you write in that letter is very important. It’s one of the few ways you can express how you feel. It’s how you can make them feel loved and reassure them that someone is waiting for their return.

If you’re struggling to put emotions into words, sending them a love poem or two can also do the trick. Here are some samples of romantic poems you can send to your boyfriend in jail.


by: Tina Fortner

The words in this poem sum up the struggle, anxiety, sadness, and desperation of someone with a loved one in prison.


I feel a tear run down my face

As I sit in this quiet, lonely place.

I think of you and need you here.

I wipe away my falling tear.

I hit the floor on bended knee.

I ask, I beg, I start to plead.

Please bring him home.

See the full poem here


by: Susan Christensen

When you miss someone so much but can’t be with them, sometimes all you can do is imagine. You dream about the time when prison bars won’t separate you and a place where cells and courts are a thing of the past. This is what this poem is all about. It tells of a woman’s dream to see her lover again outside of prison.


In this special place you see

There are only two people – just you and me

In this place, all is right

Nothing but love, and we never fight

In this place, there is no sadness

No cells, no courts, none of that madness

No rules to follow, no laws to break

No bars to hold us or separate

See the full poem here

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by: Sterling Seitz

Unlike the previous two, this poem is full of hope. The poet narrates what she imagines it would feel like on the day she’ll finally lay her eyes on her lover again.


When I see you again,

it will be like seeing

the most beautiful sunrise

and the brightest star

on the clearest night.

When I see you again,

my heart will be filled with love

as It was the day you left,

never missing a beat

growing stronger every passing day.

When I see you again,

time will have seemed to stop,

thinking only of the future

and what it holds.

See the full poem here.


by: David Yearwood

If you’re yearning for your love in prison and want them to know about it, this is the perfect poem to send them. It encapsulates the longing and passion of someone in a long-distance relationship.


My love, how much I want to be there with you,

To feel your touch and see your smile.

To hear you say, I love you so,

For all the ways you’ll show me how.

O my love, I long to be with you,

O my love, words will never express,

The feelings I have for you inside,

I’ll give my all, just to be with you,

See the full poem here.


by: Bailey Staggs

This poem may use simple and direct words but the message is nevertheless heartwarming. It tells the story of two people who continued to believe in each other and their love despite leading very different lives away from each other.


He lives in a cell, all hidden away

While she is out here, living her life, day to day

They share a bond, no one can understand

With guards all around they sit hand in hand

Playing a game or talking all day

The outside world cannot see how they make it this way

See the full poem here.


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Judy Ponio an author for GlobalTel


Judy Ponio is a firm believer in the power of sharing knowledge. Having extensive experience in the prison industry, she wants to share what she knows with the world. Judy also loves to write about political and legal topics.