Thirty Years Ago

Thirty years is a longtime

Steven had all that time
Sentenced for a murder
He committed as a kid.
Left languishing to learn
About being a man
As a ward of the state,
The routine of prison
Hardened his education
Teaching him to be quiet
Saying little of the thoughts
Raging within.
Finally after thirty years
His next life began.
One without the intensity
Of surviving prison
One of reconciling
The existence of prison,
The lessons learned from incarceration, and
How to be a son again.
Either prison’s mission never took or
Steven was just unable to balance
The failing of his past
With the uncertainty of his future by
Taking that thirty year internship
Out on the one person who was there
Then and now…

His mother

Who lost her life
Without much of a chance.
Her son was the enforcer
After having paid society for the life he took
With years of involuntary captivity.
He went home to her
Taking his last three decades of guilt
To her house
In the shadows of a crumbling casino city where
The gamble of rehabilitation and prison
As a deterrent was
Evil’s house money for her.
Their reunion was a culmination
Of his evil teenage end
And his sinister schooling in the big house
Just a few days past
Thirty years ago

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