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The naked snow slouched
serenely through the crystal-cold canvas
of my well-weathered window.

The Artist’s sky today was
painted battleship gray
though brightly lit without shadowing.

Frozen in place
Frozen in time
Frozen in temperature.

Handprints on the glass
forensic evidence of many moments spent
silently watching the world wander by.

Viewing the outside from within
trying to revisit my old world through
scratched panes of bullet-proof glass.

Prison’s Virtual Reality.

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Matthew Feeney is a writer and poet who has won awards from PEN America and the League of Minnesota Poets. Feeney's writing has appeared in journals and anthologies, including The Analog Sea Review, The Pinyon Review, and Evening Street Review. Three of his poems were performed live at the 2019 World Voices Festival in New York City. Feeney is incarcerated in Minnesota.