The Scary by Charles Kell

is what he told
me would one
day happen.

The moment—either
weeks or months
from now—when

I would be sitting,
standing, or pacing
in my cell & the walls

would begin to close
in. Either at night
or morning. When

I would be locked
in for hours. No shower,
phone, or food for

a long time. Just walls,
alone. The window. Out-
side I see a tree, six

leaves, barbed wire.
My pale reflection, here
and gone, torn in two.

© 2016 Charles Kell


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Charles Kell is a PhD student at The University of Rhode Island and editor of The Ocean State Review. His poetry and fiction have appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, and elsewhere. He teaches in Rhode Island and Connecticut.


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