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Another winter, spring, summer, fall
Incarceration’s pain is extremely raw.
Another spring, summer, fall, winter
Prison discriminates against no gender.
Another summer, fall, winter, spring,
Trapped in a cell caged fiery ring.
Another fall, winter, spring, summer
Regrets are meaningless … I wonder.
Another murderer commits treason
Sentenced to die for great reasons.
Another thief convicted of stealing
Three strikes seemed very pleasing
Another sex offender got that feeling
Life without possibility of leaving.
By far the victims outweigh the seasons.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Christopher Henriquez is a writer incarcerated on death row in California.