Prison Observations (Young Black Male 9/24/04)


Original Painting by Y. Shabazz

I can see it in his youthful eyes

a vacant stare, a violent glare

An air of ignorance and fear

He’s embracing the lowest rung

afraid to climb higher

he can’t express what he feels

at least not with words

so he speaks with stares, glares, and fist

his limited vocabulary binds his wrist

as he stands bound…

I can see his youthful eyes

watching death approach with that same

vacant stare…