From the album WHO IS YOUR PAUL?

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Outside in (from QUIET IN THE COURTROOM)

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OUTSIDE IN

Concertina wires shoot
High into the sky;
Cinder blocks salute
Those about to die.

Some sentenced to life
And others to death.
One man killed his wife;
One caught cooking meth.

So many sad souls
Trapped in one sad space.
Round pegs in square holes
Each one out of place.

Caught between the cracks,
The addicts and thieves
Sit watching their backs
And the falling leaves.

Inside out, outside in,
Count ‘em out, count ‘em in,
Some all out, some all in,
Inside out, outside in,
Inside out, outside in,
Outside in.

Shift changes keep time
In each dark cell block.
Punishment for crime –
Life without a clock.

Maybe a letter
And maybe a call.
It sure sounds better
Outside of these walls.

Meals through the trap door,
Taste of the outside,
Eaten on the floor
Where the ghosts reside.

Prisoners from past
And present collide.
Even the outcast
Has no place to hide.

Inside out, outside in,
Count ‘em out, count ‘em in,
Some all out, some all in,
Inside out, outside in,
Inside out, outside in,
Outside in.

Don’t take for granted
Freedom any more.
Nothing’s enchanted
About these locked doors.

From a single cell
To a better man --
Evolution’s bell
Or God’s perfect plan.

We were inside out;
Now we’re outside in –
Choosing a new route
Back from lose to win.

Inside out, outside in,
Inside out, outside in,
Inside out, outside in,
Inside out,
Outside in.

Copyright © 2014 Lex Zaleta

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