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Monday, June 3, 2013

Texas Highway 202...by Thomas Shows

Texas Higway 202

There`s a place in Texas on Highway 202
A place you need to avoid whatever you do
If you arrive on a bluebird that cannot fly
You have ridden a bird that has made grown men cry

You will be cuffed to a stanger when you take that ride
On that bluebird with a cage and two toilets inside
When you see tall fences topped with razor wire
You`ll realize you`re in a neighborhood no one should desire

They`ve got guard towers that look out over that place
With a walkway on top where the guards always pace
Guards in gray will meet you at the main gate
Once it`s closed behind you, it`s already too late

Then they`ll get you off the bus and make you stand in line
Tell you to strip to see what they might find
Then they give you boxers that go way past your knees
next you`ll see a doctor who`ll check for any disease

You`ll finally hit a dorm in a bout a week or so
you won`t really know, it`s just when they say "pack and go"
In each dorm there are bunks all along the wall
with a row of plexiglas windows facing the picket and the hall

When you finally see committee and are evaluated about a job
everybody hopes they don`t hear the words "hoe squad"
So if you ever have to travel down Texas Highway 202
Pray you`re not going behind those gates whatever you do!

Thomas Shows, Gist State Jail
source: The Echo, April 2013

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