Ernest Ripoli


Until you’ve been arrested
and spent endless days in jail
and walked a thousand miles
without ever leaving your cell

Until you’ve lost your family
and your utterly alone
you try to seek comfort
realizing it was left at home

Until you’ve faced a judge
and entered a guilty plea
and you’ve heard the words of
judgement that you won’t be going free

Until your days turn into
months and months turn
into years, you lie awake at
night shedding endless tears

Until you’ve lost all hope and every
dream you’ve ever had,you fight
to keep your sanity and fear that
you will go mad

UNTIL you’ve gone through all
these things and all human will
how can you look at me
and say, you know
just how I feel

Ernest Ripoli
DOC #723014

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