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Prison laughter is hard to hear
It is usually at the expense of others
I hear laughter and cringe with dread
Laughter used to be associated with joy
Everyone joined in the pleasure events
Now I look around for the targeted victim
Fearing that it is most likely me again
Laughter in prison is rarely without a victim

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Dorothy Maraglino

Dorothy Maraglino is a PJP corresponding writer incarcerated in California. Writing is how she processes the world around her and devotes most of her time to short works that share the realities of prison.