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That Boy's Too Afraid of Incarceration
by Francine DuBois

he hasn't said or written anything
since 1984 when his daddy went to jail.
it's not so much prison that scares him,
but it's the waiting for it, the anticipation,
the media focus on what he did on one night
that he can't bear

he would commit suicide
but he's afraid his wife
will charge him with attempted murder
if he fails--and he's pretty sure
he would bungle that, so he doesn't try

Francine's Version -- Hezekiah's Version -- Inspiration
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