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A Haiku - Paying Society's Debt

Updated on July 11, 2012

What could real education do that prisons don't?

It takes the cost of a college education to  imprison a man in America for one year.
It takes the cost of a college education to imprison a man in America for one year. | Source

There are more American men in prison than in Afghanistan.

“It’s in the blood,

You might as well forget it.

Nothing can be done.”

I’ve heard some say so.

I never will believe it.

Man makes his way still.

Good or bad blood? No.

It nourishes the brain, but

Brain does the thinking.

Education counts.

Teach man to reason himself.

Know the possible.

He will choose the good.

Self-interest says it’s so.

Sooner or later.

Prison answers naught.

The almost good with the bad.

Mothers’ sons a waste.

Punishment for what?

Bad choices not bad people.

Teach a man to choose.

Hospitals for sick.

Prison hospitals for some.

Most punishments end.

What do we create?

Something better? Something worse?

Confine and forget?

If it’s in the blood,

Tell me who first put it there.

Punish that person.

Time to learn, or not.

It costs an education.

Man must learn freedom.


© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Did you knaow that America has more men in prison than we have in Afghanistan? For many the outcomes will be the same: abandonment.