THE SHINE JOURNAL

Flash Literature, Poetry, Art and Photography!

 

"Cammy"

 

by

 

Artist - In - Residence

 

Maureen Radoncic

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is not

 

By

 

Ashley Thomas

 

 

At twenty-three years old this is not

where I thought I would be. 

I would not have thought

I’d be sitting inside these walls

being told my every move: when to get up,

when to eat, when to turn off my TV

and when to go to bed.  I thought by now

I would be making other decisions

like where to work, where to have

my honeymoon, and where to buy my home. 

I thought I’d have a college diploma

instead I have a bunch of jail certificates. 

I’d be worried about getting time off

for vacation, not getting approved for parole. 

This is not where I thought

I would be, but this is where I am.

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