Riches

It offers a window through

Which we may view.

A bed neatly made,

Smelling of clean linen.

Pretty sandals placed at its edge.


Spotless white walls and

Ankle bracelets.

Being here is

A status symbol,

A badge of honor.


This subculture of an

Alienated humanity is

Palpably present.

Special juvenile placements,

And court appearances.


The backdrop of poverty

Is in this legitimate room.

The taken-for-granted

Reality of

Jail and prison.