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Johnny

Johnny's poem "A Cell" was selected by Clint Smith, guest editor for Poem-a-Day in February 2019. It was published on February 18, 2019, in partnership with Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, an organization based in Washington, DC, that elevates voices of those directly impacted by the prison system through creative writing. The poet’s last name was withheld on request in consideration of their privacy.

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A Cell

A metal bunk bed
A mattress and hard pillow
Two lockers and one desk
A toilet and sink
 
A door that is closed
Heat out the vent and it’s hot
I’m sweating, yet it’s cold
A night light on, yet it’s dark
 
A sheet covers me
Yet I want more than a sheet
The floor is cold
Yet I need more than heat
 
A window, but it’s closed
A mirror, but it's fogged
A mind full of thoughts
A heart of love that feels clogged
 
A rush to go, yet I’m here
I say I smile, but it’s a tear
I say I’m relaxed, but I’m tense
I say I’m free, but see a fence