No Kentucky green spring bluegrass hills
When locked in a daily 23-hour solitary cell
In a federal penitentiary.
No Mississippi watery Delta,
Cotton, soybeans, cattle
When years on death row in the state prison.
The food carts’ wheels rattle, squeak, stop –
Before mush-filled trays are shoved through
Cells’ bottom door slots
In Kentucky, Mississippi –
Up and down these United States.
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-April 2014