Art by Kenneth Key

When I first sat down
to do this painting
I wanted to do it
from the eye of a little girl
looking out her window. 

Just imagine 
all the things our children will see;
some with understanding
and some without.

The countless memorials
for the young dead children
killed in the crossfire
and witnessed by a heartless community
who stands silent
until it’s their own

 
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Kenneth M. Key

Kenneth M. Key is a writer and contributing artist incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois. He was born and raised in South Shore, on Chicago’s Southwest Side. He says he loved to draw as a kid, and he hopes to generate change as an artist, writer, and occasional poet while he is incarcerated.