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Prison Ain’t Nothing But A State Of Mind (As Long As You’ve Got TV)

Prison Ain’t Nothing But A State Of Mind (As Long As You’ve Got TV)
December 21
09:29 2015

BRADLEY MASON HAMLIN

for Richard William Hamlin

He beat
12 out of 18 felony
charges …

Not bad,
if it weren’t for that
“torture” thing

Life sentence
+ extra time awaits
but, he says,
KFC visits the prison
once or twice
a year

so at least you can get
a bucket

They also sell
prison
TVs

so reality of the outside
will always
be
there

but no conjugal visits
for a “lifer,”
grim …

We used to
play with Hot Wheels
racing down
the long orange track
liked to talk
long into the night
about the Atom
Teen Titans
and Green Lantern

GI Joes
and betting quarters
on 70’s NFL football games

Greg Brady
the Fonz
Six-Million Dollar Man
the Road Runner & Wiley E. Coyote

all bow their heads
in silence.

SEE ALSO

Bukowski’s Bones

April in South Sacramento

Duke Before Dishonor

Bradley Mason Hamlin is an American writer and the creator of Secret Society Comics. He is an alumni of the University of California, where poet Gary Snyder dubbed Hamlin “The Road Warrior of Poetry!” Born in Los Angeles, Hamlin currently lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, Nicky Christine, and their tribe of suburban children & wild cats. Secret Society Origins and his other books are available from Black Shark Press

 

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