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by Joseph Jenkins
Separated from a life created 
to grow without intrusion 
Forgotten before the possibility of remembrance 
Hurt by young confusion 
Name and blood to share are one 
Yet knowing not who or why 
Eliminated by ones self doing 
Due to some lost pride 
Into a life of pain and tears 
To live in the place of my conclusion 
Never to see her beautiful young face 
Nor her my own exclusion..... 

{Author note: This is a poem about my relationship with my daughter. How, due to my choices, I have negated the possibility of her getting to know who her father is. As to the state of mind and problems she might go though having a different last name. Feelings felt and known to many prisoners.}