by Anthony Miranda
Deprived of family and friends
Confined by iron stone walls
They feed me fear, anger, darkness, and hate.
So now I live without tears.
Who understands me when I say I refuse to give into darkness?
I refuse to give up because of the pain they have inflicted on me.
I refuse to let the anger control me.
I refuse to act on the hatred they forced upon my heart.
And I refuse to let these iron stone walls consume my soul.
Editor's note: Detained for over 3 years at Northwest Detention Center, I recently learned the sad news that Anthony has been deported.
Cover art by Anthony Miranda