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County Prisoners Observed on the 11th Floor Cancer Ward

Poet: Mike Wilson

two sad men in blue gowns


armed guards on either side


walk the hospital hallway in shackles


rolling IVs in front of them


their very lives a rap sheet proving


mortality interrupts


every criminal enterprise


each of us sentenced to time served

Mike Wilson’s work has appeared in many magazines, including The Phare, and in Mike’s book, Arranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic. His awards include the League of Minnesota Poets Award, the Maine Poets Society Award, and the Chaffin/Kash Prize of the Kentucky State Poetry Society. He resides in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

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