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Lists step by step the process of going to jail.
Recording the suspect’s name.
As soon as the name is marked into public records,
The name will now be eternally known as
The most dishonorable from of repute one
It’s as if they’re reading The Crucible
In high school again.
John Proctor said it best:
“I gave you my soul, can’t I keep my name?”
Taking a “mug shot.”
The Internet says they are helpful
To tell apart those with the same name
Once behind bars,
Besides the same label of “inmate,”
Won’t they have the same image
For the world to see too?
Regardless of various dispositions
They all have the same future of erased smiles ahead of them.
Every racist said it best:
“You all look the same to me.”
Taking the suspect’s clothing and personal property
They must strip their garb of the only
Form of evident
Individuality they have left.
They will soon have no
Where to hide as well.
Such fear that must brew in their hearts.
Adam from the beginning said it best
“I was afraid because I was naked.”
Conducting a full body search.
More and more stripping to do
As if it just wasn’t enough.
As if they are now officially
The police’s stigmatized whore.
Geez, there’s more?
When does it stop?
They should be done counting by now.
Have we forgotten third grade math already?
Only has nine
Of the infinite amount of steps of going to jail,
Being in jail,
The amount of ticks of the clock
That become as identical as the name “inmate.”
The ticks equalize the cadence of their heart beats
As they pound to create their new set of clothes.
They are all exactly the same.
No shaking off conformity now.
Red from Shawshank Redemption said it best:
“I’m institutionalized now.”