A Blessing for Those Who Have No Choice by Carlene Hill Byron

Peace to those

who are not safe

whose locked doors do not hold

whose words are given no meaning

but are taken for authority

to smash and enter and remove.


Peace to you

in your strange prisons,

pretty places

with well-meaning guards

who worry about wellness


— not their own! They are safe


But the prisoners!

They must be made well.

Or at least safe

behind these locked doors

That will hold.


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