The Convict - Matthew A Toll


Jean-Claude,
his wife,
two small children
lived across the hall.
Kicked out today—
landlady discovered old
Jean-Claude has been to prison
a few times, didn’t inform her
on the rental application.
I talked long and strong
with him before they left,
good old buddies,
they don’t have anywhere,
anyplace to go, and
he talked about Jesus.
He’s losing it.
It’s okay,
we all do sometimes.

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Matthew was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts, where he lived until moving to Burlington, Vermont to study creative writing at Champlain College. Currently, he's living and working in Los Angeles, CA after having moved here in June 2012. Always on the run.