A man walks on a narrow snowy road between two looming concrete buildings.
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Winters’ cold dark nights,
Bound behind these walls,
Clip the wings of dreams,
Of the souls within them.

Yesterday’s lost hopes,
Crushed by acts of folly,
Lead to cries for mercy,
But end in chains of bondage.

Yet tomorrow’s goals,
Formed behind these walls,
Propel our hearts to yearn,
For the dreams postponed.

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M. Yayah Sandi

M. Yayah Sandi is a writer incarcerated in New Jersey. He requested that his first name be withheld.