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A woman looks through a small window in a dark room
Photo by Mario Azzi on Unsplash

I am captured in the moment,
feeling the emotions of reality
charge my body.

I am captured in my own skin,
being oppressed by the world, forced
into seclusion.

I am captured by the title of
felon, having to live with the stigma
and prove it wrong.

I am captured in prison,
treated like an animal and referred to
by a number.

I am captured in the state of Virginia,
where the government is more worried
about money than rehabilitation.

I am captured, and I am striving to
be set free of my afflictions.

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Miranda Gilbert is a poet incarcerated in Virginia.