A moon rises over a frozen lake
Photo by Daiwei Lu on Unsplash

Frozen in a block of steel
Where have the days gone?
When did the nights end?
Was there ever a dawn?

Just yesterday
I sat and watched my kids play.
Now today
They sit and watch their kids play.

From dusk to dawn
Somewhere in between
28, 55, blink!
That is not a football play.

So many days are gone.
Where, when, why and how?
Where have the days gone?

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Alex Ross

Alex Ross is a writer and a Patton College student incarcerated in California. He describes himself as an “11th grade dropout who could not read, spell or write very well.”