Severed Connections

Speaking with a prisoner the other day, the conversation got around to staying in touch with family. “I don’t know what has happened,” he said. “My mother thinks I don’t care about family, yet that is all I ever think about. How can she say such a thing? What did I do?” Prisoners are most likely to be tormented by what happens beyond the fence, rather than by what happens within.

He isn’t the only prisoner experiencing such a separation; nor do separations occur only among families of the incarcerated.


A gate has been closed
Latched from within
Sudden, unannounced
Disturbing, depressing
An inexplicable absence
Made all the more painful
In its ever-presence
Over the silent phone
In the empty mailbox
Residing in every waking moment

 © 2013 Thomas W. Cummins

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