What's a prisoner to do when justice fails
and the innocent is escorted off to jail?
What's a prisoner to do once stigmatized,
caged and abandoned and ostracized?
What's a prisoner to do there's no one to trust;
the system fails and the outcome unjust?
What's a prisoner to do when family decide
the punishment is warranted and justified?
What's a prisoner to do while confined in a cell;
the perpetrator's free and faring quite well?
What's a prisoner to do once his reputation is dead
and his life has been ruined because of what someone said?
What's a prisoner to do when he's not believed,
though he's telling the truth, he's thought to deceive?
What's a prisoner to do as he sits all alone,
no one seems to care; former friends all gone?
What's a prisoner to do sitting lost and idle
and most of one's thoughts become suicidal?
What's a prisoner to do when freedom's taken away
and the will to live diminishes each day?
What's a prisoner to do when hedged in by strife;
with no escape possible; no chance for a new life?
What's a prisoner to do when he can no longer see
the beauty of the sky or the waves of the sea?
What's a prisoner to do when the sun he can't feel,
nor the breeze of spring because his fate is sealed?
What's a prisoner to do when doomed to despair
but still praying to escape the electric chair?
Tell me, what's a prisoner to do?
Rev. Saundra L. Washington, D.D., is an ordained clergywoman, veteran social worker, and Founder of AMEN Ministries. She is also the author of two coffee table books: Room Beneath the Snow: Poems that Preach and Negative Disturbances: Homilies that Teach which can be reviewed on her site. Her new book, Out of Deep Waters: My Grief Management Workbook, is expected to be available in July.
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