A clear sphere displays a burnt red sunset over the horizon upside down.
Photo by Mathilda Khoo on Unsplash

(Read all the way to the bottom.)

Where I am defines who I am
I could never believe
I am changing
I am a prisoner forever
Don’t tell me
At the end of the day
I will make it
Because I won’t
Look me in the eye
See my true colors
I am broken
Do you think I’ll fail?

(Now read from the bottom line up, perception is everything.)

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Heather C. Jarvis

Heather C. Jarvis is a writer incarcerated in Ohio. A winner of the PEN America annual prison writing contest, her work has appeared in the Iowa Review PWP, The Crime Report and The Journal of Woman and Criminal Justice.