Give Up

Every day,

the jailer
turns the key
to the prison cell,

locked in, lights out.

Every day

the prisoner
turns the handle
and feels the resistance,
the lock holds,

the lights are out.

Every day,

the jailer
turns the key
to the prison cell,

locked in, lights out.

Some days,

the prisoner
turns the handle
and feels the resistance,
the lock holds,

the lights are out.

Every day,

the jailer
turns the key
to the prison cell,

locked in, lights out.

Most days,

the prisoner
stares at prison walls,
goes to sleep,
handle untouched.

One day,

the jailer
throws away the keys,
turns the lights out.

The prisoner
stares at prison walls
goes to sleep,

locked in, lights out.