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Roadside Warning

A sign on the side of the highway
Provoked my eyes to pop,
‘Cause what it said was “Prison near,
So kindly do not stop.”

Of course, we kept on driving
But man, it made me think
And wonder just how many men
Have bolted from the clink.

Envision those escapees,
In their old-time stripy suits,
Just lurking on the roadside
With the warden in cahoots.

For if inmates, as intended,
Are locked up in cells with bars,
Then why post a dire warning
To the hordes of passing cars?

It’s a puzzle so perplexing
Who knows what it’s all about,
But I’m sure all drivers question
How the prisoners got out.

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  1. Date: 9/8/2013 9:45:00 PM
    Another beauty. I just love your style and wit. Your poems are awesome. P.S. my bi-polar poem was posted on 11/18/2012.

  1. Date: 9/3/2013 4:25:00 PM
    Simple and creative. I like it.

  1. Date: 9/3/2013 2:00:00 PM
    When I watch the evening news, I can't help, but search for some clues. As to why a soul would stray to places they don't want to stay. Sometimes it's liquor that fans the fire. Sometimes the law caught the rich liar. One thing for sure when such signs we see. We probably would all agree. If we were them, we too would flee. Peace. :)

  1. Date: 9/2/2013 3:20:00 PM
    Hi Ilene....were you driving thru AR or OK? Common signs around here...funny guess we get used to them...your poem made my day..thanks...

  1. Date: 9/2/2013 9:12:00 AM
    Dear Ilene Yes - jails are scary places. I found this poem stimulating. Thanks a lot for your kind words! A very happy Jewish New Year to you and yours. Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 9/1/2013 8:59:00 PM
    A very good write Ilene, and a good question too. it wouldn't give one much peace of mind...Thanks for sharing....eter