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Metal fence locked with chain and padlock
Photo by Jose Fontano on Unsplash

I know bondage. Unwilling restrictions
by chains or mental addictions,
unlawful practices that penetrate the perimeters of the soul.
The founder and first bounded is intricately unknown,
for this ill practice spread like a contagious disease
until only two were left, the bound and the free.
Now a cemented caste system, as they comfortably sit, the oppressors
argue their humanity when the oppressed press against their fetters.
I’m tired of bondage. Not bein’ able to reach prosperity
due to the restrictions bein’ placed on me,
admirable, ambitious, worked the kinks out every inch;
there’s only one remaining: how to escape the boundaries of this fence.
I’ve yet to experience freedom, though I image how it will be,
for relinquishing these chains will manifest the fullness of me.

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.

Marcus Jackson is a poet incarcerated in Ohio.