Tired: a poem

Tired

We’re tired of

Being treated

Like dogs

Tired of

Being fed slops

You wouldn’t feed a hog

What makes the government

Better than us

Because we’re inmates

God made us

All by hand

Which makes us all

Human beings

At the end of the day

We’re tired of

Being the detention officers

Footstools

We’re tired of

Being Durham County’s inmates

I mean

Durham County’s Slaves

Doing story short

We’re tired

And as humans

We shouldn’t be

Treated this way.

-Travon E.

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