I Wonder As I Drive By

I wonder as I drive by and see the warning

“Inmates At Work”,

What did they do to be enslaved?

Permitted to work unhindered by chains,

Supervised by unarmed guards,

Yet still not free to return home after a days work

They are prisoners none-the-less.

I pity them

And pray that this serves as a lesson learned.

Dressed in blaze orange jumpsuits

They are held up as a spectacles, less than human,

Humiliated publicly as part of their punishment.

What was the crime that revoked their freedom

Placing them in the counties charge?

These women…

Most young with full lives ahead of them

Will bear a badge of shame that will haunt them,

Taking away the promise of their futures

Until the day they die.

Having paid for their digression means little

As the weight of incarceration will shadow them all of their days.

Should we not show greater mercy and forgiveness,

Have we not all deviated at one time or another from what is considered just.

I have, of that I am certain, but by luck I remained free.

As a very wise Man once said,

“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

I for one have placed my stone firmly on the ground.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

8 thoughts on “I Wonder As I Drive By

  1. Very good poem, excellent points made. Also, their crimes may be lesser than many a free person, because justice and legal representation costs thousands of dollars. No longer innocent until proven guilty in this country. Guilty unless you have money to pay for a lawyer. So sad. Jeanne Marie

  2. So sad… so true.

    There will always be a bone of sympathy in my body for those that have lost their freedom.

    When you witness the humiliation and dehumanization of prisoners, a voice screams so loud in your heart to do something about it. And more often than not your hands are tied.

    Sometimes writing about it is all you can do. Thank you for doing so. Maybe, in a way, a soul will be freed.

    • I am sympathetic for these individuals, based on the fact that they are are not bound in chains and are not being supervised by armed guards my guess is that these people are not serious threats to society. I wish we didn’t fill our prisons with people like these, it seems like such a waste. Maybe a lengthy community service would do them just as well along with a probation. Just a thought. Thank you for the thoughtful comment my friend and I apologize for the delay in responding.

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