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Dry cracked brown earth
Photo by dundanim on Depositphotos

Living in the dirt — eating dirt
on this earth
can’t let the sun dry us out —
or this prison hide us out
gotta surface at the smell of rain —
gotta constantly pray
’cause we’re the ultimate prey
all eyes on us —
bird’s eye
vulnerable — yet not afraid
underground is our home
we’ll never run and hide
we just living our lives all alone.

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.

Christopher Reece, also known as Bobo Amin, is a writer incarcerated in Michigan. He has been in prison since 2006.