This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku252 – The wire fence is tall.
The wire fence is tall
The lights in the prison barracks
Flick off, one by one.
This is a haiku by Etheridge Knight, an American author and one of the most prominent poets of the Black Arts Movement in the 20th century. While serving the U.S. Army in Korea he was wounded and as a result, the drug addiction that had begun during his service got worse. He wrote his most acclaimed book, Poems from Prison, during the eight years he spent in the Indiana State Prison for robbery.
I have never been in jail, but I can imagine sitting with nothing to do but wait for time to do that it always does.
The Fence Is Tall was written for Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.