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Trapped in the bars of my mind
Addiction has feasted on my soul
Obsession controlling my thoughts
A dark cloud hovers over me
I’m searching for the light
My prefrontal cortex is on lockdown
Welcome to Prison World
I gotta break free, plan my escape
Release myself from the bondage
Riot my emotions
Next stop, death row, if I don’t break the chains of oppression
Accept rehabilitation and embrace my recovery
Learn to forgive all, including myself
“Accountability and responsibility” is my motto of truth
A heart of remorse
Atonement lays at my feet
Freedom calls my name

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Larry N. Stromberg is a writer incarcerated in Pennsylvania.