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I see the majestic, blue sky enveloping
 the barren earth ;
like a thick, blue blanket of flannel ,
 shrouding a quivering baby.

I smell the silent fragrance of rainbow
colored flowers all around ;
as if a valley full of roses, and tulips,
 and petunias has come to life.

I hear the incessant gibberish of blithe
children playing,
as if they are nonchalant to the harsh
realities that life sometimes bears.

I look around and I am left to wonder
I wonder how ; I wonder why ,
this pristine beauty is so alien to me,
this splendid world no longer belongs to me.
From inside this deep commotion , 
I can hear my heart echoing :
“ Fetter me all you can ; tie me with 
 the strongest chains that you have.
But you cannot chain the fresh air
that sweeps into my cell and 
swamps me , irrespective of my color,
race , religion, or language.”

But , nevertheless , apprehensive
 of the evanescence of this cool breeze that
somehow creeps through the narrow 
bars of my cell , I devour it.

Mar 21,’05.

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  1. Date: 10/27/2012 2:39:00 PM
    Wonderful free verse on this well penned poem. love phyl

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 1:21:00 PM
    Whoa! Wonderful write. I love how you've used the fresh air to illustrate the unwavering spirit of the inmate. Nice! Very nice!

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    Date: 10/23/2012 2:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry