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Unshooting the Shots that I Shot

If life rewinded through time

In reverse through my eyes…

Hair un-grays as I un-age

From 18 years spent in cage

Heart unbreaks as I learn Shelly won’t be dead

Her heart un-attacks and her fever cools on her forehead

Handcuffs come off and gunshots un-shot

Blood goes back into wounds

Screams un-scream

And tears roll up cheeks

Fear un-felt, pain un-inflicted

Shots un-heard, safety un-stolen from community

I walk backwards to my car and reverse up the block

Turn left instead of right

And go on with Shelly to live a happy life!

Dreams un-die, nightmares un-had and sleepless nights given back

Youngsters un-emboldened, hood stories un-told

Gangs un-grow, youngsters grow up to build homes!

Six life sentences go back to the state

Instead of getting life

Life I create

Six kids with my babe!

Three million dollars go back to the state for my cage

Instead it is invested in parks for kids to play

I go to school and pay taxes

Life is great!

 

This poem was first published by the Prison Journalism Project. It’s republished here with their blessing and Jessie’s permission.

Jessie Milo is a writer incarcerated in California. He is a volunteer for InitiateJustice.org and an advocate for mental health.

Jessie Milo is a writer incarcerated in California. He is a volunteer for InitiateJustice.org and an advocate for mental health.

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