The Sunday Whirl, http://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/, offered a baker’s dozen for wordle 18. They are: desperation, slouch, screw, light, granite, ash, wasted, cracked, revolution, cleansed, cheap, stranger, spin. As soon as I read them, a theme appeared.
by Mike Patrick
He was the first to leave the bus,
a stranger to this granite tomb
of choking ash and wasted souls.
Across the yard, in deadly gloom,
a thousand empty eyes looked down
upon the newest fish*. No hint
of desperation in his eyes;
he quietly began his stint.
With one quick spin he saw his home
for thirty years to come. Resigned,
he hoisted up his ditty bag
and slouched up to the painted line.
A screw** strip-searched him in his cell.
An orange jumper and cheap sheets
completed all his worldly needs–
except for sights and sounds of streets.
The revolutions of the sun,
which cleansed his blackened heart of crime,
became scratch marks upon cracked walls,
which danced within the light of time.
*A fish is a first timer in prison slang, someone new to prison ways.
**A screw is prison slang for a prison guard.