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The Zoo Cage Prophet

It happened twice, two days in a row. Both times I was forgotten. Time moved, but I didn't. I was left alone, cuffed, in a stand-up-only cage. I love business. I truly enjoy the... — Updated 6/15/2020


The Zoo Cage Prophet

"Two For the Price of One" is always an attention-grabbing offer. It's hard to ignore getting seconds free, just because you wanted firsts. "Two-for-One" works well for retail, but... — Updated 4/8/2020


The Zoo Cage Prophet

The Battle By Adrian Torres The shadowy figure stood there, its back to me. I pretended like I was sleeping, as I thought of a plan to trap it. This time it would not escape! Ad Seg... — Updated 11/4/2019


A Cracker and Fruit Punch

One morning, I was taken to the phlebotomist. My doctor had ordered blood tests, and three full tubes of blood were being demanded of me. My arms' veins cooperated nicely, the proce... — Updated 4/5/2019


The Door

The gods of the Ad Seg (The Hole) world control the doors. They open and close at their wills. No resident of the hole has any control over the opening and closing of the doors, but... — Updated 2/1/2019


Altered Identity

"Stand on the red-painted feet," the officer ordered. "Don't smile. This is not Sears Portrait Studio." With my feet now on the red feet, I stood in front of a massive glass wall... — Updated 9/10/2018


For Sale

The pressure was strong. His sales pitch was impressive and tempting, yet I kept declining. "Come on!" he was upping the ante, "I'll make it three and you choose the day." I... — Updated 7/17/2018


Sweet Melody

My emotions were in a tangle. I wasn't mad or agitated; but I was sad and happy at the same time. Waiting in Ad Seg (the Hole) to be transferred is nerve-wracking. An inmate in the... — Updated 5/21/2018


Illuminating the Doubt

I knew they wouldn't believe me, and I began to get a little anxious. I looked up to the light fixture and calculated the distance. I figured by using the toilet to climb onto the... — Updated 3/16/2018


What The Dog Left Behind

A knot formed in my stomach. I had nowhere to go, so I just turned around and faced the back of the cage. I knew he could see me, but I was too embarrassed to face him. Ad Seg (the... — Updated 1/4/2018



They had traveled for miles early in the morning, in wet weather, just to visit me. Everything had gone as planned so far . . . until . . . until they faced an ugly evil villain... — Updated 10/5/2017


The Zoo Cage Prophet

Henry, the lizard, had sat on Tommy’s shoulder for weeks, everywhere except the chow hall. He perched there like royalty, gazing upon his subjects. Everyone loved Henry. Tommy had owned Henry for several months, and I was sure... — Updated 7/15/2017


The Zoo Cage Prophet

"Hey, Pastor. Can you pray for me? Hey … hey, Pastor! Over here.” My first cell mate had just been released from the hole and back to a regular yard. I had been alone for about 15 minutes. My inner self was praising God and my... — Updated 5/12/2017



I sit on my bunk, lights off, tears flowing uncontrollably. My mind races back and forth, making it next to impossible to focus on a single thought. Loneliness smothers me from neck to toes, my head just above it. I’ve been like... — Updated 11/14/2016



For many centuries the world has been trying to answer questions like “if a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around, does it make any sound?”or “Does the light in the refrigerator ever go off when the door is closed?... — Updated 9/9/2016


Being a Thomas

It was routine by now. I’d gone through the same steps many times. No nerves. No worries. Very relaxed. I knew what to expect and I was ready to get it over with. It was time to remove my toenail again and I wanted no part in... — Updated 5/14/2016


Fallen Sparrows

If you’re going to care about the fall of the sparrow, you can’t pick and choose who is going to be the sparrow. –Madeleine L’Engle “So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to Him than a whole flock of sparrows.... — Updated 3/24/2016


The Zoo Cage Prophet

"Down, down! Everyone on the yard, down!” came the voice screaming over the loud speakers. Sirens wailing, officers running from every direction, straight toward us. Minutes before this event took place, ten brothers in Jesus... — Updated 1/16/2016


Baby Gophers and Sin

The handwritten sign on the wall caught my eye: "Baby gophers for trade; $2 in Top Ramen; Beef-flavored only; See Big Chato." My cell mate had already told me about the sign, but I... — Updated 11/14/2015



Martho is viewed as a hero. The pride of our old Jurassic tier (hall of cells.) He knows he’s dearly loved, so he struts like a celebrity. It’s rare that one of us doesn’t offer him a meal at least once a day. Martho always... — Updated 9/10/2015



“The labels came off these,” the store manager said holding up two cans of roast beef. “They are not old or expired. The labels came off, that’s all.” I was a bit suspicious, but I only had $8 to spend (my monthly... — Updated 5/12/2015



"Do you get angry at your cat for scratching you at times?” My question surprised him. He didn’t know I, or anyone else, knew about his kitten. “How do you know?” he questioned me, but with a smile. “Who told me is not... — Updated 3/21/2015



For about fifteen days I personally went through my personal property and discarded anything that would be considered illegal or against the rules (in other words, anything “questionable.”) And I was convinced I had done a... — Updated 1/17/2015


The Zoo Cage Prophet

“Ouch!” I screamed really loud (some say like a little girl), as boiling water swallowed my left hand. The pain and surprise of the sting made me lose my grip on the hot pot. As the pot crash-landed, the remainder of its boilin... — Updated 12/2/2014


The Power of Love

His face said it all. Hate. Disgust. Jealousy. Even sprinkles of deep, dark evil. He would treat others with the utmost respect and sincerity. But I was treated like the lowest, dirtiest, slimiest form of scum. Every day he would... — Updated 7/23/2014


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