My Time in Prisons

Image of Alcatraz Island by nocloset from Pixabay

My Time in Prisons

Locked down!

Imprisoned by the pandemic…

I think of all the prisons

I have visited.

Fort Christian in

Charlotte Amalie,

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

300-year-old Danish fort,

later, St. Thomas Prison.

Then the dungeon

became a museum.

We toured the dungeon

at Fort Christian.

I remember the coolness

and the rough, thick walls

covered with graffiti…

artwork and obscenities,

messages from inmates

killing time.

Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay.

Once a lightouse, military fort,

and military prison…

then a federal prison.


then occupied by protesting

Native Americans…

Now a museum.

We visited the cell block,

rusting human cages

and peeling paint…

We thought about the movie,

true story of an inmate,

“Birdman of Alcatraz”

who shared his food with birds.

This was the place

where Al Capone,

famous American gangster,

served time for tax evasion.

They never proved

his other crimes.

We toured a modern day

model prison in California…

remarkably like a college campus!

No graffiti here!

Locked down!

Imprisoned by the pandemic

and writing graffiti…

photos and poems

posted on my blog.

Copyright© 2020 by Cheryl Batavia


    1. Anisha, I am very pleased that you like the poem. Thank you for reading and commenting. I added this blog to my website to “explore my inner beauties,” and it has been a great antidote to the isolation! I enjoy reading the thoughts of others and knowing that we are all in this together!

      Be safe and happy! 🙂 Cheryl

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  1. I got released from prison when corona was at it’s worst in Australia. It strangely made the transition less overwhelming. Bet you would have seen some interesting stuff in the jails. Good luck with it all.

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