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Inmate Poetry

That's Not My Job

That’s Not My Job!

This is a story about four people: everybody, somebody, anybody, and nobody.

There was an important job to be done and everybody was sure that somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was...

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2 users have voted.

Extraordinary Woman

Extraordinary Woman

You are a perfect painted picture of perfection.

your beauty, your essences, your warmth, your love, and your presence.

You give me the feeling of heaven on earth,

You're my inspiration and my motivation.

You are truly God's greatest...

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4 users have voted.

Martin Lyons #M19540

Googled me huh

What makes this website so accurate with all its stories

Just because it’s a name brand don’t make it valuable jewelry...

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4 users have voted.

Martin Lyons #M19540

The Truth Lives Forever

Don’t get me misconstrued, I don’t want you to feel sorry for me

I’m doing this in a way so that you can...

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8 users have voted.

Martin Lyons #M19540

Self-Motivation

Just sitting here, brainstorming, doing some heavy thinking

Looking back to the night my case happened when I was tweaking

I had many chances and I had multiple opportunities

There were many people in my lifetime who wanted the best for me

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8 users have voted.

The Walk-In

My body shivers in the moonlight

And my breath looks like spirits floating by.

As the dying embers of a long burning flame

Dissipate into the cold night sky.

 

The rhythm of my heart shows its beat

As death of silence lingers about.

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10 users have voted.

Johnny Vega #00888729

Happiness

Happiness is a feeling I’ve not known for awhile
No sunshine life, not even a smile.
Life spending each day lost in total defeat
My life’s a shattered puzzle that’s nowhere complete.
So lonely at night not having anyone else
Trapped in rain,...

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7 users have voted.

Anthony Allen #728833

Thoughts Through My Eyes

Nobody knows the visual of my thoughts….
…of burning babies with cries of “save me”…
Nothing but hatred in my teardrops.
Fighting the power that has infested my human nature with greed…
As life continues to become a struggle just to...

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3 users have voted.

Jeramy Green #M29641

Both Worlds

A bright blue sky,
A sunny day,
What a morning
It is today.
Opening up the window
To a cool breeze
And fresh air,
One can be lost
In thought often
But not in despair.
This is rare, but
How often do you
...

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3 users have voted.

Taqwa Khalid Khalifah #098255

HONESTY

Houk Just to be Honest – Honestly – Honesty do not exist.
Just to be Honest – Honestly – Honesty do not exist.

Here’s the gist of it
Being shot down,
Slaughtered and murdered in
The streets, over-sentenced and
Buried alive in these
...

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13 users have voted.

Leonard Carmichael #1219037

Craving My Missing Affair

Our separation is a tragedy I can’t bear
Craving this agony of an affair
It leaves my heart with a tear
 
But when I’m free we will reunite
Our embrace will be tight
And this love will be a spicy delight
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9 users have voted.

Untitled

My heart blackened – from burnt.

Shriveled and hardened

To a piece of unenergetic coal

Useless and pointless…

Hmmmm…

How did my organ morph? Was there ever a chance?

What is … -- love.

A foreign word tumbles off my tongue.

I can...

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4 users have voted.

Beauty

Beauty starts with personality

With you that’s reality

Your smile is like a star

So bright it shines afar

Seeing you makes my day

I think of you when you’re away

Beauty is when you smile

Been liking you for a while

Am I wrong for...

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19 users have voted.

Cul-de-sac

Frost of true colors in a freeze of time, without a guide how can you overpass the dark. Crumble in confuse with the word goodbye or by people that claim everything is matter of time. Scale without balance are the day and the night, I’m healing the scars with the tears of my eyes. True colors...

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6 users have voted.

Dezmond Wilkerson

Cold frozen springs,

Defines the world at its boldest theme,

But the most beautiful and strongest women I’ve seen,

Brings warmth in what seems like the coldest dream,

She wakes me up to gorgeous bright lights,

From which shines from her heart,

Yes...

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6 users have voted.

Fabion Brown #701947

“Letters”
By Fabion D. Brown

No one can tell you it’s not real
You love how it makes you feel
It’s like a wish from a star
Getting letters while behind bars

See it’s hard not being free
But harder when you’re lonely
We all want someone to be...

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16 users have voted.

What Is Usually Called Delirious

I have searched long out of this window of despair

But have found answers to the questions I’ve aired

I’m called a mystic to some and a clown to others

From the belief in a world that is more than just letters

I reach out with my mind towards the tallest...

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18 users have voted.

Covid-19

Covid-19

From overseas it came, so quickly it spread, it has left so many hurting, and so many others dead.

Mass confusion and disruptions, uncertainty and pain, after every newscast, I am left racking my brain.

How could this happen, how could this be? So unprepared we...

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22 users have voted.

Robert Tillman

Inside a Woman's Mind

I'm swimming in the depth of emotions,  
floating on love,
watching eruption after eruption
coming from the seat of her soul.

Delighted by her satisfaction of given,
it seems her pleasure stems from making others significant....

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17 users have voted.

Robert Tillman

Flawed

I'm flawed, damaged in all
Imperfections all through my spectrum.
I slowly yield to correction
I make mistakes, it seems my apologies are always a day too late.                 ...

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15 users have voted.

My Moon

IMAGINATION RUNNING WILD
CITY SCAPES, THE SMELL OF YOUR PERFUME.
TEMPTATION BURNING FIRE
BODY HEAT. THE INFERNO OF OUR ROOM
DETERMINATION ON THE RISE
THE LOOK IN YOUR EYES. MY FLOWER BLOOM.
ADDICTION TAKE ME HIGHER
EMOTION IS ME. MY MOON

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19 users have voted.

Kate’s Poem XI “A Photograph’s Time”

I hold a picture and wonder

How much time does it hold

Has time stopped to allow its capture

If even for the briefest moment

Or when I look upon the frame

Is the infinite held in my hand

Does this image exist in time or outside time simultaneously...

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33 users have voted.

Bookmarks

Feelings pass like seasons in our lives

Holding meaning, causing pain

Love is the bookmark that holds the page

We turn them to move forward

Yet they hold a place in us forever

They bookmarks in our heart

Change us in ways we can’t always see...

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14 users have voted.

Lost In Sight

The dissolution of identity

Begins along the incremental path of compromise

Step by step we move along

Forgetting where it all began

Looking back seems more inventive than reality

As we maunder about along the fringe

Of what was a boundary line of...

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16 users have voted.

It's Hard But Fair

It's hard but it's fair,

Like the restriction of air,

Like the loss of hair,

Similar to the hunger of a child,

Similar to the domestication of the wild.

There is so much suffering people have to endure,

Consider the sick who have no cure.

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24 users have voted.

Grateful Healing

“Grateful Healing”

What words can express my deep gratitude? To be thankful for the walls of healing. For dark sin caused my feet to keep falling, yet confinement set me free from my shame. Recovery heals lost addicts like me, even wearing white clothes makes the heart glad, as family or...

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18 users have voted.

Reality

“Reality”

I’ve fought hard to survive out in the streets. I did what I thought it took to survive and to eat, there were a lot of times that I doubted another day, but I sacrificed pieces of myself to find the way.

I stood for the most part, alone in the game, taking my own...

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20 users have voted.

The Dance

It’s a Dream that our Dreams

Become a true Reality

A Real Actuality

A truly blissful life we lead

And I don’t choose to take the lead

But hope someday you’ll follow me.

 

Oh, lately it’s been going wrong

And no one sees or...

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21 users have voted.

John Murriel #406018

This Poem Is Called
“A Letter”

You will never know what a letter can mean until
You have been where I am, or seen what I’ve seen.

I’m confined to a world, behind four walls
Where no one sees me and I receive no calls!

Even when I’m asleep I’m awakened,...

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16 users have voted.

Christopher Thompson #108593

The Day
By Christopher Thompson

From the first time our eyes met and I saw you across the room, my heart skipped not once but twice and I knew I was doomed.
You had a smile that glowed like the sun shimmering ever so bright. Your eyes so fresh, so caring, so passionate they...

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12 users have voted.