Poems of a Young Man: “Man’s Inhumanity to Man (or The LAW)”


The sound of steel-on-steel Clanging SHUT

With an ominous note of             Finality

Bleak scarred corroded metal

Echoes the incessant run of a leaky faucet

Traffic outdoors   And with it, carried through brick walls

The muffled sound of FREEDOM

The bars rattle as the train rumbles past

Going out of town- Where I’d like to be!

The grumblings of fellow jailbirds

Grudgingly waking up to another morning of incarceration

To weak coffee and cold non-edible oatmeal

Pissing…   Belching…   Farting

While I attempt to sleep endlessly

Until this lucid nightmare finally plays itself out

to that final climactic scene

Standing…   Pleading before the Judge

Until then I can only SURVIVE   In this miserable 5 by 8 cell

Of vomit walls-   sweat   and urine smells

Graffitied cries of despair

Numbers counted off   Initials scribbled

Bad rhymes with obscured reason

Blurred and faded with time

Never touched by the light of the sun

Confined   In a dim and dismal dungeon   Prisoners

And among all this

Two barely weaned kittens frolic and prance

Unaware of where they are

exposing the unexpected well of Humanity

Hidden within my comrades in oppression

Who try so hard to be stone

This is the norm

Where daily degradation is THE LAW

Be it in Moscow, Idaho Or Moscow, Russia

Jail does not HEAL Jail HATES

Strip a man of his belongings

His wallet…   His watch…   His shoelaces!

(“We don’t want any hangings here…”)

And you are well on your way to stripping him

Of himself

Anonymous non-individuals

Caged… In a jail within a larger jail within a jail

This is “paying my debt”

Barbarism lives in this U. S. of A.

We are tyrants too.

Tyrants to ourselves.


© KPKeelan

(8- 2- 78)



About KPKeelan

Fool, Philosopher, Lover & Dreamer, Benign TROUBLEMAKER, King and Jester of KPKworld, an online portal to visual and linguistic mystery, befuddlement and delight.
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