Existence

Discarded

Relegated to the ranks

Of the no longer

Completely human:

Inmate

Convict

Criminal.

Identified by number

Bunk location or work assignment

Sometimes surname.

Never as a full person

Unique individual

Flawed and struggling

Yet possessing strengths

Facets worth uncovering

Buried perhaps

Under the murky sludge

Of degradation

Public humiliarion—shunning

Incarceration

Desirous of wholeness

Acknowledgement of pain

Positive forward progress

Resurrection from wasteland

Of society’s perceived detritus

Pen her only tool

She attempts

To write herself

Back into

Real Life

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