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after the bars and the gates,
the degradations and the lockups,

after the chains get entangled
or the bars get stuck

after the tears, disappointments, and the lonely isolations,

what’s next? is what I ask
this is my situation,

returning to an advanced society
staying focused on my future,

leaving my past behind me,
looking back isn’t an option.

I’ve lived and I’ve learned,
it’s up to me how to react,
it’s up to me to rectify,
sit down and redact,

red letters for the future.
life lessons to motto,

desiring to leave behind a legacy,
generations to follow.

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Christopher Reece

Christopher Reece is a writer incarcerated in Michigan. He has been in prison since he was 20 years old.