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From within a cell I live
with nothing but knowledge to give.
From within a cell I soar
crying loud as a lion’s roar.
From within a cell I suffer
the horror making me shudder.
From within a cell I write
Expressing myself with all my might.
From within a cage I’m tamed
Treated like an animal well-trained.
From within a cage I rage
anger builds into volcanic flames.
From within a cage I age
gray hair takes center stage.
From within a cage I pray
asking God to save the day.
From within a cage I cry
sentenced to die until I fry.

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Christopher Henriquez is a writer incarcerated on death row in California.