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shutters open
shutters close
walls are moist
rooms are filled —
lost behind
windswept prison walls
shut-ins sit forever
shutting out
sunbathed days —
until today becomes
an endless gray
infertile field
tomorrow never know.

eyelids open
eyelids close
walls are wet
rooms unkempt —
lost behind
windswept minds
walls erected
doing times
tango into
obscene oblivion.

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Cat Covelli

Cat Covelli is a writer incarcerated at Dixon Correctional Center in Illinois.