They say it’s the quiet before the storm

but, in the returning citizen’s mind

it is the penetration of

a Samurai’s sword

past the point of the pen’s prick.

It is the silent lightening of PICS

(Post InCarceration Syndrome)

picking at your core

questioning even your

faith’s declaration of sins forgiven.

It’s the smoldering cole

turned into the BIC’s flick

the flame burning away

your thunderous insecurity

about your own place in this

declared freedom space.

By Akili

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