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2016 WORDS UNLOCKED WINNER: Furious

Title: Furious

School/Facility: Salt Lake Valley Detention Center
Teaching Artist: Bonnie Shaw
Poet: C.R.

POEM TITLE: Furious

I feel the heat in my body like I am bathed in sun.
Palms sweaty.  Muscles tensed.  Tears well up.

 

I won’t let them run.

 

My face red, the flames of fire, angry thoughts screaming louder than the screeching of a vulture over a traveler’s carcass.

 

I look for a way to escape the flames, but I am trapped in a box.

 

Punching white walls as jagged as rocks, my knuckles bleed.
I want to shout behind the green door that won’t let me out.

 

Alpha, Bravo, Charlie – to me they’re all the same.  I feel more like the number on my file than my real name.  When I speak to my father, I leave ashamed.  I try to do my best but anger, stress, sadness are hidden in my chest, heart, soul.

 

Group homes, proctor care, secure facilities hanging over my head like a
knife swinging from a rope.

 

They try to dissect me.  I guess they’re curious.

 

I don’t even understand:  Why am I so furious?