Photo by JR Korpa on Unsplash. Edited by Jillian Wesner

I’ve
worked hard
to
wear these prison
greens
bonnaroo down
brogans
spit-shined
greens
ironed to a razor-edge
I’m
the man with the tatted-face
missing
that jade-eyed woman
putting
in the work
doing
dirt
swallowing
bitter fruit
dancing
in the emerald-haze
of
this man-made
abyss
with these prison greens.

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Soy Ink

Soy Ink is a writer incarcerated in Colorado. He writes under a pen name.