He got twenty-five years
for killing some guy in a road rage.
The other car cut him off.
So he reached for his gun and fired.
In this class, he has the opportunity.
more than that, the encouragement
to put his feelings down on paper.
So he writes one story about this guy
who owns every lane on every road.
And another where a killer can’t sleep
because his regret, his conscience,
keeps him awake.
And then a third where a punk
is sentenced to half a lifetime in prison,
until creative writing is offered
and he signs up.
He writes in such a rush,
in a bid to bring his life up the moment.
Then he can start on the tale where
this prisoner, so long on the concrete block,
is finally paroled, steps out into
the unfamiliar bright clear air.
He so wants it to have a happy ending.
His instructor’s holding out for one
that satisfies what’s come before.
By John Grey