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A hand reaches out through darkness
Photo by Akira Hojo on Unsplash

Your face, recently, has gotten less views,
The taste of deprivation, it’s all old news,

The look of devastation, I know it too well,
The vivid imagination, can you imagine Hell?

We all are under the influence of unseen dreams,
You run solo, everyone else is on teams,

The fact that you understand what others cannot,
The fact you’ve given everything you’ve got,

Honored by the love, you want the such and such,
Yet you feel alone, deprived of a touch.

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.

Antwain Love is a writer incarcerated in California.