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I Miss My Enemy
10/10/2020

Today I lost

                my enemy

For fifteen years I fought him

                fiercely-every

                thought,

                breath,

                blot of ink.

“I sentence you to state prison for life.”

 

Since then, I’ve

                given all, checked

                every box

                every groupclassprogramsession

I’ve fun from fights

                I would have

                won-except

                no one

                wins a fight.

My actions and restraint

one unified purpose:

                taking life

                taking life from this sentence.

“This panel finds you suitable for parole.”

 

Exultation, disbelief,

                An unexpected void.

I was: life inmate.

I am: inmate

Soon:

I have been

                my struggle.

What is left

                of the me before?

                the me I will be?

Who am I

                without this battle,

                this purpose,

                this enemy?

I am the heart

                That drains

                The inkblood

                From this pen.

I think

                that is enough.

See all poetry for Benjamin Frandsen #F29177