Crime And Punishment

 

yuma-cell-wallTime and isolation are recorded by names and dates. To scratch your name in the Yuma Territorial Prison gave you a sad immortality.

prison-bunk-beds

Inmates must have been housed in these crowded cells and put in single cells for purposes of isolation and punishment. It was not easy time, by any stretch.

Winter

it approaches

I can smell its wrath

feel it on my skin

even hear it

as it moves closer

promising isolation

loneliness

doubt

darkness

my favorite season

subsides

sad enough to cry leaves

dying slowly

overcome by time

and a tired sun

so I wait

wondering

if I can hide

inside

myself

again