In My Mind’s Eye

Poetry by Jacqueline Jackson 

Your son was in my class today

I watched his falling tear

We had a parent’s party

He was wishing you were here

Your department said you had no choice

Staying over was mandatory

“I hope to be there next time son”

Was your familiar returning story

He does not yet understand

That you are kept at work again

Someone has to stay on the watch

And keep the offenders in

I tried to offer him consolation

And told him you were a hero to us all

I told him I was thankful for the work you do

Each day inside the wall

Corrections work has its prices

There are many I see who pay

Thank you for making the sacrifices

And keeping us safe another day

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