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Inmate Poetry

Patrick Sheltraw


So, if this is temporary,then where do I go from here? 
As I watch the snow start to fall, only means it’s the end of another year. 
I sit here and think to myself that the next few years aren’t going to be easy. 
Now that I got a chance to think...

0 users have voted.

Boderic Komolafe #01989148

Blood Milk

This is the mother that sells her food stamps for diaper money,
This is the grandmother that puts her coin purse in her bra, just so they won’t take it from me,
This is gris gris, grave dirt and bullet shells
This is the young lady sneaking out of the window...

2 users have voted.

William Carroll

Soul Of A Winner

I always believe I'll win

through and through,

I'm the same, beginning until the end.

even the ending has a beginning.

As I begin to devolve for you who I am,

I revolve,

I evolve so new a Spirit,

Can you feel my...

7 users have voted.

Nicholas Ayala

They say home is where the heart is….

well right now I'm feeling like I'm homeless.

The cold blood pumping through this sad heart,

living in this country house has got me feeling

pretty hopeless.

Is there nobody willing to climb this hundred foot


6 users have voted.

Richard Powell #1154216

By Me – Richie P.

Every time I step outside
I look at the sky as a place I may
Someday physically reside.

Blind to science, my mind
Slides against the grains of the toughest grinds
High hopes to someday find
One that coincides...

6 users have voted.

Damien Huckaby #01063191

“Love and Loyalty”

Love and Loyalty. A mythological unicorn that everyone dreams of capturing. As slippery as the slime and grime found in the muddiest marshes, but as potent as the perfume wafting from a French harlot. Love and Loyalty. The yin and yang of our heart structure. To have...

2 users have voted.

Damien Huckaby #01063191

“The Meaning of It All”

I stuck my hand in the murkiness of the future, feeling around for the purpose of my life. My fingers grazed many possibilities, but could never quite get a firm grip on their reality. Opportunities slipped through my hand in some waste on more than one occasion,...

3 users have voted.

Damien Huckaby #01063191


The night I died, I was bitten by love. Its venom coursed through my existence like the blood that supplied oxygen to my soul. It trapped me in a reality that was beyond my recognition. Opened a set of eyes that I never even knew existed, thus altering my perception like it was...

2 users have voted.

Damien Huckaby #01063191

“Reasons and Seasons”

They say that people come into your life for a reason or a season. Please tell me then, what’s the reason God allows people to come into your life for a season only to commit emotional treason? Breezed in like a hurricane, dropping torrents of pain upon your island...

6 users have voted.

Dontay Johnson

When I’m talked about aloud, and don't feel shame in what I do.

and the positive outweigh negative, like I finally got the clue.

When my dreams are finally met, and no longer what I pursue

and they speak of me in kindness, no matter the color of their hue.


1 user has voted.

Chiron Prewit #R-13632

Better Days

Just wait until the rain turns to sunshine,
While living with joy and pain we must
All keep a peace of mind.
Understand that if we can make it
Through the night, there’s a brighter day.
If I hold on to my faith I shall
See your pretty smile...

5 users have voted.

Chayaaka Roberts #471509

Am I invisible or can you see me?

I've committed crime
have done some time
and more than once
I've crossed the line.
However,that does not mean
that you turn on me
switch teams on me
and push me out of your...

8 users have voted.

Patrick Irving

“Fashionably Undesirable”

Worse than having nothing to say is too much too convey with no words.

A leftover cadence goes right down the line of stunting my growth with these spurts.

Their circular angles from platforms and pulpits are free to be purchased with angst,...

3 users have voted.

Joe Badillo

Only Human

Sometimes I stumble, sometimes I make mistakes, sometimes I feel uncomfortable doing things I've never done, I'm only human.

Sometimes I don't understand, sometimes I get upset over things I can't control, sometimes I get sad and can't hide my sorrow, I'm only human....

5 users have voted.

Justin Erskine

Winter’s over Mama

And in that flash before

Spring hits its stride

I breathe

Dark petrichor gritty

In my lungs

Excoriated esophagus

But winter is over Mama

Expelling its chill

And the warm burrowing layers

We tucked...

4 users have voted.


What’s the difference between failure and success?

Misery’s blow to the heart versus accomplishment’s gentle caress.

Each day our choices bring us a little closer to one.

Although death is a lot closer to some.

You can bow down to hard times, or let adversity put...

7 users have voted.

Andrew Furlo #576555

"My Baby Girl"

Watching you grow up from far away, kills me inside a little more
every day.
I love your smile, I love your eyes, I love everything about you
I love you more then life itself, your my beautiful little seed.
I'm not sure why god sent me...

19 users have voted.

Felix Brown

Trust the Process:  Really!?!

How many times have we told ourselves “EASIER SAID THAN DONE”: particularly when we are currently experiencing some type of notable anguish; be that hardship a...

3 users have voted.

Michael Turner #16A2297 (973901)

Beautiful woman wherever you are, I feel your energy close or far,
Even though I don’t know you, I know who you are,
You are my world, I am your star.
Blessings on blessings were sent from the Heavens,
I prayed for your love and asked for forgiveness,
God is my...

10 users have voted.

Corey Hardison #A643-373

~ New Day, New Life ~

As days pass by; some people change…
Life aint about money, or is it about fame…
7 days a week; 24 hours a day…
Every day is different; not a single day is the same…
Life is full of struggles; that people overcome…
Everybody struggles...

15 users have voted.

Artez Brewer #73570-112

"A Poem for You"

When life gives you lemons you make lemonade right, at the end of the tunnel there is always a light.
If time is of the essence, Right now is the time, Lord knows good friends are hard to come by.
We're only...

8 users have voted.

Marino Leyba

Expanding my horizons

A mist, a soft breeze comes over me, unexpectedly!

I’m alone, and so far from home.  

I’m left open, I’m vulnerable to the elements.

The skylight, the twilight.

I made a vow that night.

I made a vow to continue my search...

17 users have voted.

Reginald Manning #320-223

Last Night
By: R.J. Manning

Last night I cried.
My tears encapsulating bad dreams and abandoned hope.
My view shingled by prison bars.
I hear the world, blind to its beauty, society blind to me.
I’m the ever present memory, forgotten but forever felt.

33 users have voted.

Michael Sutton #01814489


How do I know I'm living the life you won't me to live?
If you believe in the father you shall give in.
How do I know I'm on the path you wont me to travel?
If you believe in the gavel you believe in the Bible.
How do I talk to you?If you walk with me...

12 users have voted.

Stephen Festa #16568-014

“Broken Pieces”

All you ever had to do was stay and never leave
You told me that you loved me; that I’m all you’ll ever need.
You had me wrapped around your finger – you really had it made
But you walked out the door instead and all we had just went away.
I told...

17 users have voted.

Danny Varela #75816-004

“You Hold The Key To My Heart”

Look at your palm, that’s the key.
You’re the only one that has the key.
When you put your palm on my heart,
It will automatically transfer your
Heartbeat into mine.
The frequency reads, the sequence
Of loyalty, with...

13 users have voted.

DeRail Riley #M12465

Does Beauty Fade?

I have heard that beauty fades
Is it true, will your heart change?
Beauty you surpass flesh and age
You are an idea of what lies in heaven’s gates
When we spoke our hearts embraced
In that time and place, I felt safe
Only God could...

6 users have voted.

Ledarren hawkins

Love is A Acronym

What is love? Love is work, love is kind, love is an emotion, love is passionate, love is a creation.  But love to me is an acronym.  it is:

Listening and learning about the people you care about.

Observing the things that keep them happy or...

10 users have voted.

Glenn Taylor

Year’s End

This is the best time for laughs and smiles.

With joyful hearts, and giddy juveniles.

Welcome the season that's so full of cheer

From spinning dreidels, to seeing reindeer.

No matter the color, education, or creed.

There's a hearty “...

16 users have voted.

Bishop Lott #1013945

“A Letter To Nipsey”

Mista Hu$$le & Motivate / I had always knew dat someday you would be great / Back in 2004, 2005, when we used to sale DVD’s & CD’s out them crates / Dat’s how we ate / R.I.P. ThundaCat / A.K.A. Nipsey Hu$$le tha Great / I remember when we used to record at...

15 users have voted.