CONDEMNED   

Forbidden 
of the expression of love
physical and emotional 
amid the shuffle
of trying to stay alive
Love’s residue has been lost and forgotten

Locked in a cage  like an animal 
in rage  
gripping the bars
while tears flow from the pain and scars

the clock ticks 
ever closer toward the 11th hour
and his only wish is 
to see 
and hold his child 

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