Starting anew


The heavy gate swung open
He stepped outside
Is this for real?
He wondered
Am I free?
Am I leaving my prison cell?
As he sat on the train
Heading home
He thought of
His family and friends
He thought of starting life
all over again
When he reached home
His mother said
“Why do you come back?”
And his father thundered
“I don’t want you in my house”
He turned to his friends
they avoided him
Like he was carrying the plague
With a heavy heart
He started out
On his own
Everywhere he went
He heard
“Sorry we don’t hire ex-con”
Is he really free?
He wondered
He’s trapped…
trapped within himself
And our society is holding the key
Frustrated and in desperation
He turned back to drugs
Who is to be blame?

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