© Susan Prudhomme, March 2010


Oh, yes!  Lock them up.  Throw away the key.

They’re caught, and sentenced, just like on TV.

Gone.  Out of our hair. 

We’re safe and smug.

But where are they, really?


What do you see when you drive by?

(If you look at all, and don’t avert your eyes).

Living tomb, enclosed by razor wire.

Rows of cells, a Cheshire’s grinning teeth;  

Behind each set of bars, a man  

Who used to hope.

Inside, brutality holds sway,

Its godless priests initiate the willing –

Spiritual vampires, reproducing.

Antechamber to hell.

 What?  Offer help to those who would resist the Bite?

Treatment, school, a friendly hand?

Bah!  This ain’t no country club!

And so they fall, succumbing to the downward slide.

And when their sentences are up,

They will live next door.

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