Tag Archives: cellmate

Bubba

Apparently I snore. And Bo, apparently, is a light sleeper. He’s gone now – gone to live on the other side of the tier with a former Aryan brother (they should get along swimmingly). In his place is a newcomer, … Continue reading

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Dreaming

I awoke in the middle of the night to commotion out on the tier, a jangle of keys and voices. One officer shined a flashlight through the cell door’s window, and I heard him holler, “Hey! This one’s still moving!” … Continue reading

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A Couple of Farmers

Bo scored some heroin this afternoon–an early Christmas present. He only threw up once and managed not to splash behind the toilet this time. He and I are polar opposites: I’m passive; he’s aggressive. I’m tolerant; he’s racist. I respect … Continue reading

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Toilet Paper

He doesn’t know it, but Bo and I are in the midst of a battle. For the past two weeks, the empty cardboard toilet paper rolls have been piling up on top of my locker. There are three there now … Continue reading

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More Complicated than Cheese

Rooster wasn’t understanding fractions. It was the simpifying he was having trouble with. What number goes into 10 and 26 without a remainder? He stared up at the classroom ceiling rummaging through his multiplication tables, but the answer was nowhere … Continue reading

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Birthday Boy

Today was Bo’s 50th birthday. To celebrate, he bought heroin from a guy in the unit and snorted it while I laid in bed still half asleep. I heard sniffles, and when I rolled over, he turned away from the … Continue reading

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Voodoo

When a corrections officer came by to pack up my cellmate’s belongings this afternoon, my first reaction was joy at realizing I’d have the cell to myself for one night. This, of course, is a euphemistic way of saying I’d … Continue reading

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