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THE REPORTby Dick Allen
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The wind is blowing on the prison walls
Above the secret towns. In the secret towns
Men are walking through the streets with guns.
Men with guns are walking through the streets
Behind the shattered windows and the shattered doors,
Men with guns are walking through the streets,
The women pray they'll stop. Please stop, they pray,
But the men are laughing in the secret towns,
Below the prison walls lie secret towns
Copyright © 1990 by Dick Allen. All rights reserved.
Originally published in The Atlantic Monthly, January 1990.