Black Petals Issue #91, Spring, 2020

Just Another Day in My House
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Just Another Day in My House

 

Tom Davidson

 

Out in the Yard – I walked by the Weight Lifting Man today.

The one who is constantly pulling, pounding, and grunting.

He stretches his muscles - until they become huge and distorted.

He uses them on the Inside - he uses them to intimidate people.

I asked him – did he know that no matter how big his muscles became,

he would always remain a felon and a convict like the rest of us here?

He looked at me with such hatred - he cursed at me - he called me bad names.

I dream about a chance to hurt this Weight Lifting Man.

I create things in my mind I would to do to him – when I am free – back in the World.

Don’t you worry about me – my brothers and sisters - it’s just another day in my House!

 

The C.O. – you know the one I mean - the permanently angry one?

He caught me leaving Chow today - with an extra apple in my pocket.

The food here – most of it comes in bags and boxes stamped - For Animal Consumption Only.

The C.O. and his friend took me to that place - the one with no cameras watching.

They threw me to the ground - they kicked me and beat me - laughing the whole time.

I dream about a chance to hurt this angry little man.

I create things in my mind I would to do to him – when I am free – back in the World.

Don’t you worry about me – my brothers and sisters - it’s just another day in my House

 

Today my Bunkie thought it would be truly funny - to take a crap on my bed.

Last week he ejaculated on it - the week before he pissed – the place where I rest my head.

I wanted to hurt him – but if I did - they would take me back to solitary – so I said nothing.

He makes me so angry – I feel like a clock that is ticking down – down to what – I don’t know?

I dream about a chance to hurt my Bunkie.

I create things in my mind I would to do to him – when I am free – back in the world.

Don’t you worry about me – my brothers and sisters - it’s just another day in my House!

 

I could feel my soul dying a little more today – it made me want to hurt someone – anyone.

Not my Bunkie – or the C.O. – or his friend – or the Weight Lifting Man from the Yard.

Someone smaller than me – someone weaker – someone who would be afraid to tell,

but I will do nothing – about my thoughts - because Solitary makes my head hurt.

I survived another day – in a few months I will be a free man – I will complete my sentence.

My Rehabilitation will be completed – and then I can hardly wait to share what I have learned,

what I have been taught on the Inside with everyone out there – in the World.

Don’t you worry about me – my brothers and sisters - it’s just another day in my House!


Thomas Davison obtained his doctorate degree as a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, and his MBA from Franklin University in Columbus Ohio. Dr. Davison has been teaching entrepreneur focused business coursework as an adjunct instructor for MTC (Marion Technical College). He is currently teaching at two prison facilities in Marion Ohio, including: NCC (North Central Corrections) a prison run by a private company, and MCI (Marion Correctional Institute) a state-run prison facility. Dr. Davison has been deeply moved by his personal observations and interactions with his incarcerated students. While teaching in the Ohio prison system he has been motivated to create poems and short stories about the day-to-day lives and experiences of his felon-students. Thomas has recently created a not-for-profit (NFP) business Entrepreneur Services For Felons (ESFF). Thomas has dedicated 100% of his writing profits to this new NFP - which provides free one-on-one support services for felons and ex-felons.