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Some Advice To Those Who Will Serve Time In Prison

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If instead of being hanged by the neck
you're thrown inside
for not giving up hope
in the world, your country, your people,
if you do ten or fifteen years
apart from the time you have left,
you won't say,
"Better I had swung from the end of a rope
like a flag" --
You'll put your foot down and live.
It may not be a pleasure exactly,
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Gentlealice Brown 01 October 2007
I first read an excerpt from this poem in Elliot Perlman's (excellent) Seven Types of Ambiguity. The lines 'And who knows, / the woman you love may stop loving you. / Don't say it's no big thing: / it's like the snapping of a green branch / to the man inside' haunts me endlessly, especially the last two lines.
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Scarborough Gypsy 08 February 2006
Intersting read and well written. Nice flow to it and I loked the last line. Kind regards Gyp's
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