Treasure Island

Darwin Henry Beuning

(29 July 1947 / Melrose, Minnesota)

Life In America


American Society

Is very unforgiving

There are few, if any

Second chances


Regardless of your age

Or the time which has passed

A question which every job application has

'Have you ever'


You've paid your fine

You've served your time

Ready to begin life anew

But then, again and again

'Have you ever'


In America,

Misdeeds are not erased

They always remain

Staring you in the face

'Have you ever'

Submitted: Monday, July 14, 2014
Edited: Thursday, July 17, 2014

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I dedicate this to the millions of American Citizens who never had a second chance to better their life and began life anew.

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