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Too many jail cells...
by Ed Matlack
Friday, June 29, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I did my time,

A good 35 years ago,

I learned the lesson taught,

No longer against society have I fought…

 

Nowadays there are too many jail cells,

To be the same person I was then,

A crazy, irresponsible young kid I was way back when,

Now when to the beach I go, I only hunt shells…

 

I paid my debt to society,

Yes, to them I did pay the fee,

I keep that, in my head, memory,

For if I did not, never again would I in person,

See my beloved sea…

© ed ~ 6/29/12

 

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Reviewed by John Domino 7/4/2012
Great write Ed. I can relate. I love the water and freedom it brings and I don't care to see the inside of a sing sing. Well by now you must know Ed that I visit incarcerated teens almost every week. They live in a youth camp that has a 78% success rate. Of course, the state wants to close it down. Over 500 citizens protested and to keep the camp open but unless a miracle happens soon it closes for good August 31st. Yes, one of the reasons I visit troubled youth is because I was one of them. God bless you brother!
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 7/3/2012
I can't imagine not being able to spend time by the ocean...there's nothing like it! Glad you're determined to keep your freedome, Ed!

Anna
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/1/2012
For you, the straight hasn't been too narrow. The sea beckons…

Ron
Reviewed by jude forese 7/1/2012
can't con the sea ...
Reviewed by Richard King 6/30/2012
Motivation comes in all forms Ed. If your view of the sea is spoiled when looking through bars, it only makes sense to avoid the bars and from your past posts, I'm guessing you avoid all types of "bars" these days. Nice work, if you can get it. Dick
Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/30/2012
Well told, Ed.
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 6/30/2012
Ed,
Many have been there, at least you saw not to be there again, you should always have your sea near you.
Budd
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/30/2012
Sometimes I wonder if the cells of our minds and our moral society are every bit as imprisoning as the steel bars of the county lock-up but yes I would be lost if I were to never see my beloved Atlantic Ocean again.
fee
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 6/29/2012
Shells not cells!

Love ya!

Jane
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 6/29/2012
Too true, Ed. As we've heard all our lives, 'Youth is wasted on the young.' And we're only now really understanding it, as we age. Ha!

Wish I could walk the beach by the sea.. :)

Erin
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 6/29/2012
Ed in life we all walk that path of learning, you are a wonderful person for it today :)

Others know and have also walked in your shoes :)

Hugs

Love and Light
Lily
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 6/29/2012
Eh, I know whereof you speak, con.
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/29/2012
Love that beach the sea the water the atmosphere, don't like jail though, never been there, but know your're thinking is weird kind of with this one. It's ok, variety is the spice of life.
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