158: In prison

158: In prison

In prison
by Jean Valentine

In prison
without being accused

or reach your family
or have a family                You have

conscience
heart trouble

asthma
manic-depressive

(we lost the baby)
no meds

no one
no window

black water
nail-scratched walls

your pure face turned away
embarrassed

you
who the earth was for.

"In prison" by Jean Valentine, from BREAK THE GLASS by Jean Valentine. Copyright © 2010 by Jean Valentine. Used by permission of Copper Canyon Press.

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