The Right to Write
I don’t know how I’m going to survive after prison.
I don’t know how I’m going to make a living.
I don’t know if I’ll get over these hurdles.
I don’t know.
So I write.
I write about the perceived injustices.
I write kites to try to make prison a better place.
I write to Senators & Popes & Commissioners & Wardens.
I write to express my fears and kindle my hopes.
I write to all the letters in the alphabet soup:
ACLU, DOJ, LAMP, DHS, MSOP, LLSP
Most of the time I’m ignored — but I don’t give up.
I write to survive.
I am a survivor.
Originally published in The Evening Street Review. Reprint Rights granted with credit.
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