Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

Solitary Confinement: A Kind of Sonnet

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Solitary Confinement

One would think thick bricks would mark clear boundaries
of being alone, that hard beds and clothes
not your own would hem you into line, sign
you’re on the inside while everyone else
is out, a billboard blaring, “Jail.  Do not
enter unless you’re a loser.”  But it’s
worse than that, not just for prisoners who get
the solo-cell.  It’s living in a block

full of strangers.  Maybe no one talks to
you.  Maybe they raise sarcastic eyebrows:
“Are you serious?  You’re pathetic, man.”
Maybe you retain your right to remain
silent because you can’t speak the language.
Think hard, now.  Remember.  Have you been there?



Draft 2

Katherine Gotthardt

Copyright Dec. 27, 2012


Author: All Things Writing, LLC

Katherine Gotthardt is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, a full-service content development and content marketing company. A published writer and seasoned educator, Katherine leads a team of professionals on a mission to make clients shine online and in print.

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