School/Facility: New Bridge High School @
Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Center
Teaching Artist: Kim DeForest
Ode to the prisoner
who was up most of the night thinking,
watching thoughts on ceilings.
Who left a dream behind this morning,
but kept a paper in his pocket.
Straight faced in the meal room
not an emotion escapes the eye.
Nothing’s changed in the yard.
Unnoticed as he blends with the time,
he feels the paper in his pocket.
Mean mugs and thick tensions
fill the day and keep reputations.
He unfolds his paper.
They won’t stare but look as he reads it.
Few understand what’s in his pocket.
Those who have done the same
know the value a paper can have.
No one talks about it
but the sentimental feelings there.
The feeling of hope in his pocket.
straight faced in the meal room,
who lives with the mean mugs and thick tension.
who carries a letter in his pocket.