Tell me the worst thing you've ever done
for that's all you are to me.
Speak only of the mistakes you've made
that's all I need to see.
Reveal to me your faults and flaws
and the anguish you have cost.
Failings, to me, are all you are
the rest of you is lost
I will not take you at your word
or acknowledge who you've become.
You are to me nothing more
than the dreadful things you've done.
The rest of us are each a sum
but of you such is not true.
So tell me the worst thing you've ever done
that all I'll see in you.
- B. Brown
Mr. Brown's prison term began at age 21; he has now been incarcerated more than 44 years. The Board of Parole Hearings determines parole suitability. Denials are frequently supported by the Board due to the prisoner's "lack of insight".