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A coffin with concrete ears,
Echoes of loneliness ring out tears.
People forgotten, people missed:
What once was, now wished.
Humans scorned, faces scarred.
Dreams scarce, hopes diminished.
Momentary burst of spirit fleeting,
Grasping what you can until true meaning.
True essence, out of distance.
Lovers, now friends.
Progeny, desoluted:
A past reconstructed, but a future unfinished.

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Gabriel Ochoa

Bio: Gabriel Ochoa is a writer incarcerated at Ironwood State Prison in California. He was charged for an attempted murder and was sentenced to 25 years through a plea deal, but due to sentencing law changes, he was granted an early release at his youth offender board hearing. Gabriel holds a degree in sociology and tries to give back as much as possible. He aims to become a certified drug and alcohol counselor upon parole.