Docked in a Flannel Shirt by Emma Lee

His yellow stripes reflect his mood.
Shoulders tensed, hands in prayer,
he waits to be led to the dock.
The guards avoid eye contact:
they’ve heard similar stories before.
The prisoner looks uncertain rather than defiant.
His shirt is clean but crumpled.
His eyes carry the bags of sleeplessness
as he weighs the fate
he now has so little control over.


Emma Lee’s most recent collection is “Ghosts in the Desert” (IDP, 2015). She was co-editor for “Over Land Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge” (Five Leaves, 2015) and “Welcome to Leicester” (Dahlia Publishing, 2016). Emma reviews for The High Window Journal, The Journal, London Grip and Sabotage Reviews.


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