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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?

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Alex Ross is a writer and a Patton College student incarcerated in California.