SQC Chevalier (4-18-1966 / Elizabeth, New Jersey)
PRAY FOR THE INMATES
Pray for the inmates that are in jail
after all their life did fail.
For now they need it the most—
who cares if they stole a big fat roast?
On this planet stealing food is a crime—
but killing others in war is praised
with a metal that shines.
Now we must get our priorities straight
if we are to change—
The system isn’t working to this date.
For we judge inmates badly
making them feel all the blame.
We need higher thoughts to resolve
or this uncaring treatment
of inmates will go on and on insane.
Make inmates laugh—
it might be their last chance…
Everything is heavy and dismal and grey
even the food color they eat during the day—
Why not create a better way
to rewrite their temporary stay?
Write a “Code of Ethics” so we know
We can help inmates be in an environment
that helps them grow.
This is the last stop for them before prison-
Why give them more of a reason?
A reason to go back in—
To go back in and repeat again—
same behavior or maybe worse—
now that their heart has hardened till it doesn’t hurt.
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