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Cool steel gray bars
against warm blue skies
imprisoned and going through
the why?

As Life goes by and bye
Death by Incarceration
and we cry and sigh
of never paroling, sentenced
to Life- Sentenced to Die.

Steel cool gray landscape
against warm blue skies
unchanging and Life is
fluent as it goes by

and bye.

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Kenneth M. Key

Kenneth M. Key is a writer and artist incarcerated 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.