Woman standing in doorway
Photo by gremlin on iStock

watch
the bricks
turn into
your desires
the grooves transform
run your fingers across them
imagine a different life, they tell you
nothing you want to hear
captive soul
left to
watch

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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.