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A man holds onto bars on his windows while a white bird flies outside.
Photo by Hasan Almasi on Unsplash

I have lovely dreams
When there are women involved
These lovely dreams are so real
Plain, dry
But they make me so happy
I wish they could last forever
Just hanging out with a female
Eating together
Walking to places hand-in-hand will do
I didn’t want to wake up ever again
I’d love to be trapped
In one of these lovely dreams
For eternity
Rather than
Wake up to a prison cell

I have ugly nightmares
When my father is in them
These nightmares happened in real life
And existed in my frightening dreams
They reminded me of my childhood
Sometimes I saw my father holding a knife
Looking for me
Constantly stalking me
Chasing me everywhere
I ran and ran
No place to hide
It reminds me of a movie
The Shining
My heart beating very fast
I was covered in sweat
I woke up in fear and panic
But I rather be in a prison cell

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.

Tue Kha is a writer incarcerated in California. He is working on a novel titled "Kormic."