April 2013

The Camps
A prison that’s a melting pot:
Whole families live among these camps,
the people everyone forgot,

or people no one knows about,
employment for the poorest towns,
a prison that’s a melting pot.

Some say it’s true that guards mock
two-year-olds in uniform,
the people everyone forgot.

Child, lay your head upon this cot,
never mind your will to play
in prisons that are melting pots.

“‘Catch and release’ didn’t work,”
the mindless drone of bureaucrats
on people everyone forgot.

Tent or wall, barbed wire aloft:
“Line up” several times a day,
in prison that’s a melting pot,
the people everyone forgot.

—Shirley Rickett

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