Rehabilitate – Dani Burnett

Can we change our deranged

The poem was written about the rehabilitation of prisoners and the struggle to find the right answers in how to do this effectively. The poem does not take a stance on this, merely asks the question, is there a right way to rehabilitate? I am hoping that people will be able to apply these questions to other ethical grey areas in life. Predominantly a writer of short horror stories, I decided to remove the use of horrific metaphors in order to ask questions about the darker aspects of human nature and just get to the point in asking the questions regarding how we advance as human beings, away from our horrific pasts and into a more hopeful, inspirational future.


We are told to grow.

To move, to change, to go with the flow.

To endure, to correct, to reap what we sow.

Though to grow is not choice, but demand as we know. 

Is hope in the place to which we exile our foe?

Can we change our deranged and allow them to show

That they too have a heart that is destined to glow?

Or are we just too slow?

Have we reached that plateau?

We are told to grow.

To reach beyond reason; where even gods dare not go.

Dani Burnett

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