Inmate Poetry

Posted on 4/9/2018

“Good Night”

Disasters happen
Skies fall
Memories vanish
And the day will always end;

Disasters happen to make us stronger
Skies fall, so dance in the rain.
Memories vanish, so make them worth remembering.
And when the day ends, imagine
What tomorrow will bring.


Posted on 5/27/2018

Heart’s Desire

A heart’s desire is like no other
Like unconditional love from a mother,
It plants itself deep into your mind,
And can cause you to lose track of time.
Only when the desire is genuine and pure,
Can you feel the joys and pains endure.
Be true to yourself and all you do.
Never confuse what is real within you.
In your chest you feel the fire,

Posted on 2/1/2014

Wilting red rose (ones lonely weeps)

Whisper to me the calm of Hope---amid a world so
full of deceit… Allow my seeking heart and mind to
know your loyal pearl smile of friendship as my
illuminating psychological shield of protection—
against any thought(s) of failure, surrender, and/or defeat…
For ?!, I fight against all odds--daily (against they whom
actively strive to...

Posted on 8/7/2017


Sitting in my cell, confused and broken-hearted,
Thinking how I got here and how this all started.
This will be the deepest thing that I ever wrote,
Small steps into giant, that’s my favorite quote.
They say a champion is born everyday,
If that’s true then I was born yesterday.
I know I can never change the past
But it won’...

Posted on 2/10/2018


People die,
Beauty fades.
Love changes,
And you will always be alone;

People die, so love them every day.
Beauty fades, so look before it’s gone.
Love changes, but not the love you give.
And if you love, you will never be alone.

Posted on 1/1/2017

I’ve crawled through the wasteland
Of a desolate soul
Seeking hope where hope was never known
I’ve sat in darkness
That exists within the mind
Searching for a light within that hole
I have known true sorrow
And the pain that life can send.

As peace is just a word that’s bought and sold
Yet I have known great friendship and love
And it filled my heart...

Posted on 4/24/2018

You are a rare jewel, with history that tells a story
It just happens you’re treasure that’s never been treasured
But who can really decide your weight in gold?
When they can only begin to measure your
Value by how many times you’ve weathered
The storm, how you’ve persevered and stayed the course.

You’ve never given up, you’ve beaten the odds and realized...

Posted on 12/18/2017


"Have You Ever"

Have you ever had others view you in a way that was truly unfair?
Have you ever sought the love and approval of someone who wasn't there?

Have you ever tried to better yourself, while others seek to hold you down?
Have you ever tried to bring someone else joy, when they're nowhere around?

Have you ever craved the warmth of the sun, as you sit behind...

Posted on 7/24/2018


Each of us
With our own secret gifts
Magic potions lovely notions
Waiting to be shared
Waiting to be aired
Each of us
A half, a whole, a mind, a soul

A heart and yet a part
Of a better richer more
Looking for the door
The key, the you,
The me, the we
Growing day by day
Looking for the way

To find what I’d always dreamed
And never...

Posted on 11/28/2016

Admire My Taste Part 2

Tonight we dine out…5 star restaurant in your direction…I think I might pick that medium rare to savor that flavor, what you think? …Pop a bottle of something aged well…while I scan every detail and alias of upscale cuisine, yeah well it seems you all over the menu love…

I think I’ll have that fresh catch drowned in Orchid Meadow, excellent choice, huh. I...

Posted on 2/1/2018

Like Me…

Listen lil homie,
I’d rather have you like me, than to be like me…
See, cause if you were like me, peace would be unlikely…
See, I live in a world where it’s likely,
Some convict will knife me…
Or the gun tower will snipe me…
So I’d rather see you like me, than to be like me…
I’m thinkin, even if you were like...

Posted on 7/2/2018

Parallel Existence

Everyday, waking up in a cold place, no face
Just a name and number
Hunger pains rumbling in my soul
I think that I’m going under
Yes, minor blunders will rip you asunder
Between the tension on the yard
To these punk ass pigs, faking like they’re large
Are you really going to question why I’m self-medicating?
Wasting my mind is a terrible...

Posted on 6/13/2018



Beautiful thoughts captivated in a brilliant mind
Of a lonely star yearning 4 companionship
Destined 2 reveal its shine

A vision of enchantment
May wonders never cease
Like Polaris to the North
Or the essence of u-n-me

A connection designed for 2
Is mate 2 the other’s soul
Like vows shared at the altar

Posted on 2/5/2018

19 & 44
By John Cole

Yesterday I was 19, today I’m 44
Been down 25, no end in sight
Drowning in tears of years gone by
Been running through the eye of the
Storm since the womb
Fallen from grace with a achin’ in my soul
Through the madness seeing clearly
Heaven send a helping hand, begging for mercy

People say, pray to God
I say talk to Him every...

Posted on 3/13/2018

1st N8V On Tha Moon

First native on the moon / That’s how much I love you / Plus I’m a looney tune / Pep Lapew / If I throw that tomahawk chop / It’s off the head with you / Scalps is over with / This the new school / Metaphorically speaking / In case you aint caught that / I’m taking heads off / A new type of warrior / In a battlefield that’s evolved / And if you’re still lost / That’s why...

Posted on 10/16/2017

Do We Exist To Live Or Live To Have Existed

There’s something broken in our generation, there are too many sad eyes on happy faces. Don’t ever give up. Chances are your best kiss, your hardest laugh and your greatest day are still yet to come. Over a billion beating hearts and I just want to hear yours. When I see you I will know if you’re worth the broken heart cause even those we love most can be a poison to our...

Posted on 7/5/2017

Introverted Sunshine

Introverted sunshine…
Your nighttime dazzles while your stars blind
In reserved fine-ness your highness…
Though your beauty is in every eyes beholder
To those who can look up and define ya…
Under ya starry skies I wander…
Umbrella over me I’m under, it would seem
Mystique like.
More involved through my telescopes locked in...

Posted on 3/24/2017


If I could be anything
or anywhere
I'd be the wind
I could blow my kisses at you every day
so I could twirl my arms around you.
And I could run my fingers through your hair.
I would bring the rain for you
or make the sun shine for you
If I could be the wind
There'd always be a lovely smell in the air
nothing foul could stay...

Posted on 7/3/2013

Just My Thoughts

These is just my thoughts as I sit here in this four cornered room.
Sentenced to a lifetime of hell in this penitentiary cell
Inflicted by all the pain I’ve caused, by the mistakes I’ve made and all the wrongs I’ve done.
“Like I said, these is just my thoughts.”
I’ve shed so many tears over the years and conquered all my penitentiary fears....

Posted on 3/20/2018

I Come From a Long Line of…

I come from a long line of men who fail to appreciate beautiful, smart, good women…

I come from a long line of men who never taught me to be grateful for anything.

I come from a long line of men that never took time to teach me how to be a loving, patient husband to a gracious woman. I come from a long line of men who were selfish and stubborn. I come from a long line of...

Posted on 10/25/2017



There’s beauty in life and the open
Acceptance of another.
There’s beauty in the ability to share
Our time and thoughts with another.
There’s beauty in discovering a friend
Truly connecting with another person.

Beauty isn’t the shape of your lips
But it’s in the way you say things.
Beauty isn’t in the color of your...

Posted on 9/25/2017

“My Muse”

My hunger 4 your love has grown
So intense, that my heart has bitten
Into my soul trying to find a supplement…

Misty lady set my spirit free, no
Matter what I read or what I do,
My thoughts always return to you…

Jewel, you shine like a diamond when
Walk into the room, you can charm the
Twinkle from a star, hypnotize the glow

Posted on 5/9/2017

Most people’s idea of heaven is a collection of things most wanted and deeply desired in their hearts and minds.

For example, for a little girl maybe heaven is ponies and tea parties all day. For an older person it could be a place of no blemishes and scars, where everyone is young and beautiful FOREVER, an ageless paradise.

The general interpretation is of white sand beaches with deep blue seas, streets paved of...

Posted on 3/12/2018

Reaching For The Portal

I stand at the barred door,
With its air of vainglory for keeping me imprisoned,
Staring out the windows to the outside world,
Whose glass is like a transparent portal through
Which the other side is another dimension.
Their sun shines through, promising a world of light;
Beckoning me with its contrasting warmth
Compared to this place where I’m...

Posted on 9/13/2017


Sticks & Stones

Words of deception
Void of self-reflection
Taught a false reality
Why how can this be
This is all I’ve known
Blind leading the blind
So I had to find out on my own
Like a chemical or a poison
False realities and hypocrisy
Sifting through it all
With my eyes wide open
A closed mouth don’t get feed

Posted on 4/4/2016

What I See

Sadden pains
Of seeing children turn to fiends
They come to being from repeated scenes
The cause, community and parental neglect
Which in turn becomes a threat
The danger and harm of ignorance
Sad, maddening, frustration
Seeing these adult boys in my incarceration
Painful information that this is done in this nation
Born and given Social Security Numbers...

Posted on 10/9/2017


When the time comes,
Will you say hello...
Open your arms,
Embrace me and welcome me home…

Can I sit and rest my feet
Quiet moments let them speak.

You were lost
Drifted away in the currents of the streams…

Posted on 7/16/2018

~ What If ~

From: The deepest part of me
Yes, the very heart of me…
For: My wildest dream come true,
Yes, my one and only you…
Has there ever been that someone special
You just had to know?
Has there ever been that secret place
You just longed to go?
Has there ever been that one thing
You’d just die to do?
Has it ever crossed your beautiful mind
That someone special…...

Posted on 9/8/2014

What’s Love?

Love is: the caring & sharing of all aspects of the total beings of friends, soul-mates or lovers!

Love is: at its utmost in fulfillment when the inclusion of the bodies, minds, souls and spirits are active with the general expressions of the friends, soul-mates, or lovers! It’s no greater measure of enjoyment, appreciation, and balance within the friendship! Or relationship!

Love is:...

Posted on 5/17/2014

The Inquest (Scattered Moments)

Amid the daily atmosphere of obstreperous condemned men-children and the recurring high pitched ringings of large deadbolt keys heavily colliding (swaying to-and-fro affixed to the belt lines of prison guards hurriedly slamming heavy steel doors while making security-check-rounds in passing)----scattered moments of abrupt silence allow my ears to clearly see the liquid confessions of my heart...