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Concrete wall with discoloration and a tall shadow
Photo by Yura Pavlov on Unsplash

If these walls had eyes, my innocence would survive
through the silence of many heartbeats of prisoners inside
                    these very cages and fences
               offenders and the offended
          Awakened by ticking time from a clock within the center
                    of our souls’ dimensions
If these walls had eyes,
          they would witness a Fight, a War and a Cause to be FREE
and feelings of being doomed and locked away
          where they threw away the key
          the key to some of our lives while some were
                         Falsely Accused
          overly sentenced, unattached from society like
                         yesterday’s news
If these walls had eyes … then you would be able to see
          that our freedom is never promised
               but doing time is guaranteed
          That’s why keeping a balance in life is important to me
     giving strength to my will and a purpose to succeed
With growth I now think for others
          working without pride
          But the only way you’d know this is
               IF THESE WALLS HAD EYES.

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Cornell Shawell is an African American writer incarcerated in Pennsylvania. He is an aspiring writer of poetry and children’s novels.