Prison Industrial Complex JULY 13, 2020 BY ANNIE (EDIT) Prison Industrial ComplexWhat was my offense?I use to think it was just one.Reflecting back now, I know there were several. Guilty of Trusting!Guilty of Believing what he offered was Love!Guilty of Knowing I would not, Could not be one of Them! My sentence was Life without Parole.My shackle was a Gold Wedding Band.My prison cell was 1900 square feet withAn Electrified perimeter Fence. My prison only had 2 other inmates,Caught in the system,Unable to escape their innocence. But I was not alone. . .There are hundreds – NOThousands and More,Just like me scattered in their individual PrisonsAround the World. Our offenses all the same,Our incarcerators different colors and agesBut all impose the Power of the‘Universal Subject’ Our being good or bad, complacent, passive or cooperativeAll subject to the mood or our jailer.Our Punishments depend on the severity of our perceived varianceFrom what is expected. An absentee Warden allows for an aire of arrogance:Do what is Needed!As harshly as Needed!Who is going to Stop Me!Is the mentality of the Guard. Of course the constant Verbal degrading isThe main tool of Domination and Control.That was not the only.There is also:BootsBeltsFistsHandcuffsStungunsBlind foldsAnything that you could get your Hands onTo inflict Pain, including a Chair. As if that were not enough. . . .…..You take more from me,……….Forcefully,…..Asking why I don’t like it?……….Please me, he DEMANDS!…..My tears mean Nothing. RAPE?NOIs my jailers response.…..That Gold shackle Gives me the Right!I own you!……….You belong to me!……….My Prisoner!……….My Thing!……….My Possession! I am no longer Human.My thoughts Silenced.My power systematically Beaten and ForcedFrom me.I don’t even know how to dress,But that is okay because my daily uniform becomesHis Desire. Temporal time and space in constant fluxMinutesHoursDaysMonthsYearsSo easy to lose track of time Spent,But notSo easy to forget the punishments receivedDuring my time. Escape??Yes, I tried so many timesI lost count.Society does not help maintain ‘freedom’It is set up to make those Imprisoned toNEED our prisons and jailersFor Survival.