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The Birds That Don't Sing

written by: Daniel Brooks


I fear incarceration
Like the living fear
I fear the point of
No return
I fear that nothing about
Me matters
I fear incarceration like
Like children fear
I fear being confined
To slabs of concrete
& metal bars
I fear the deprivation
The violence the
I fear for my freedom
I fear that they’ll pry
It from my clammy
I am afraid
I am terrified
Of those

Daniel Brooks

Daniel Brooks

Daniel Brooks is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University Purdue University in 2015 with a BA in Anthropology. He has since been a community organizer and is now a special education teacher. His work can be seen in the Indianapolis Review and Poets United to End Homelessness.
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