Acid Test


amidst the labyrinth
of walls and barbed wires
deep in the belly of camp crame
lies the graveyard of the living
where men of truth are incarcerated
and degraded by the cruelties of prison.
spirit is put to test.
resolve is molded like steel
by prisoners who refuse to yield
to the guileful will of the foe.
rocks are hardened by wind and rain.
gold sparkles in acid test
those who weathered the storm
can see the light of day

Sarmiento is an NDFP peace consultant from Eastern Visayas. He is detained at Camp Crame for trumped up charges. Last week of October is the National Correctional Consciousness Week.

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