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Inmate Poetry

Saleel Qaasim #17617-035

By: Saleel Qaasim
10 June 2020

No one can strip me down, and define what is me
I’m the artist of these lines, on this canvas you see
With vivid color applied, brought flashes of life
Warm feelings of joy, melt through emotional ice
A heart that...

15 users have voted.

Justin Tompkins #W108012

YK Osiris baby girl, are you worth it? If I had to pick the perfect song it’ll be Trey Songz, “Picture Perfect” cause to me your face is as bright as the sun and your eyes, they’re as beautiful as the sky above. Now you were sent like an angel from heaven to me, to take away my fears and to set...

6 users have voted.

The Thought Was the Cause

The thought was the cause of it all.

The thought was the cause of the fall.

The thought was the cause of the vision that manifest everything that your recall.

The thought was the cause of the Earth.

The thought was the cause of it first.

The thought was...

11 users have voted.

Covid Who

Covid Who?

I believe it's times like these that one must endure

In order to be stronger even if there's not a cure.

But one must understand, we are not of weak structure

So do not give up until it's full departure.

See, we live in a society where we were...

10 users have voted.

Sometimes I Cry

Sometimes when I'm alone I cry because I’m on my own.

The tears I cry are bitter and warm.

They flow with life but take no form,

I cry because my heart is torn

and I find it difficult to carry on.

If I had an ear to confide in,

I would cry among my...

22 users have voted.

Beautiful Pain

Beautiful Pain Beautiful Pain

come and strengthen me ...

I wear my scars with pride for all the world to see....

Beautiful Pain Beautiful Pain Come and ease my mind...

The moon without darkness would have no reason to shine...

Beautiful Pain Beautiful Pain...

10 users have voted.

Poem For Her

Poem For Her

I see your smile through the fire

I live to see you and take us higher.

No time can separate our bond

No bind will ever separate our time.

Give me that chance to prove my worth to you,

this poems for her but I feel it’s for you....

13 users have voted.

Follow Your Dreams

Follow Your Dreams

Dreams water the soul as rain moistens the flower to bring into being the desires of its capabilities for they are the bullies that continue to push us and dare us to meet life challenges.

Dreams are the light that shines along the course in the darkness of our...

12 users have voted.

Terry Collins

I dream U

I dream U in color -

U cry turquoise tears

And proudly smile passionate pink,

Clear blue skies are how U think.

I dream U in fragrance –

U blush black roses

While walking willow’s essence,

U’re love is lilies descending...

21 users have voted.


Time is our most valuable resource we cab never replace, or get more of.

Spend it wisely.

3 users have voted.

Let Me

Let me take care of your broken heart
and show you how to fly.
Let me hold you gently by the hand
and kiss your tears goodbye.

Let me lead you to tomorrow's light
and out of needless rain,
'cause all I want right now
is to see you smile again.


16 users have voted.

Devin Mottley

Dear Old Friend

Hey pain it's been awhile

You used to show your face every day

I almost forgot how to smile

Unlike most you’re constant and I long for you to stay

I remember times you’d take my breath away

You were there through all my tribulations...

10 users have voted.

Gerardo Martinez

When I look in the mirror, what do I see?   A young man who looks just like me.

It must be me, this much I know, the places he's been, I don't wish to go.

I stare in his eyes and see silent rage from years of being trapped in a cage.

I know this place can change...

11 users have voted.

Adam Zinsser

A Prayer From A Saint

I seek You all day and searched through the night

I walk in Your ways and live for what's right

I died to myself and now live through You

for the old me has passed, I'm a creation of new

I give You all praise as well as the glory...

4 users have voted.

Samuel Everhart #1155660

"Aquamarine Memories"

Do you ever truly ponder
What color is the sea.
Just how deep is the water
is it blue or is it green.
Count the many grains of sand
that number the beach.
Maybe you begin to wonder,
are things ever as they seem.

8 users have voted.


Chains of connect-the-dot girls and calendar faces

Dreamworld disguises and sheep in wolves’ clothing

Mountaintop, enlightenment

Smoky, dank basement

Pass around the truth

But don’t mess up the rotation

Headlines and bylines and my lines rehearsed...

9 users have voted.

Anthony Hickman #02161297

Cry Tears Little Boy

Can you understand the boy who was shunned as a child?
Understanding that he was taught to display anger instead of a smile,
Hurting by the door, realizing that Dad was never coming home,
Or Mama smiling in your face while high off drugs,

15 users have voted.

Quran Biglow #155735

"Potentially Me"

Quran The Don
With a mind beyond
Creative and happy
I was raised without a daddy
Righteous and forgiven
I respect your decision
Strong and powerful
Being weak is doubtful 
Courageous and loyal
Worth more...

9 users have voted.

Dexter Wilson #314076

The Love I Give

Looking into your eyes is like being thrust in the middle of a vast forest, with no sense of where I’m at. I could get lost in them for days searching for a way out and even when I die from what seems like an eternity of your essence, when you blink, I come back to...

12 users have voted.

When the Day Comes

Falling asleep

I think of you

Wishing you were

Here with me.

I reach for you

Feeling the cold of

The empty bed.

Falling asleep

I dream of you

Kissing me soft

Filled with heat.

Falling asleep

I cry...

30 users have voted.

Roosevelt Wilder #N64357


They say she’s not attractive but she looks good to me,
I guess that’s because
I’m looking deeper than the carnal eye can see.
She doesn’t appear in public
Like she’s starring in a skin flick,
Doesn’t sashay up and...

19 users have voted.

Bernard Ellerbe

The Dalai Lama when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered;

“Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.   Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health; and then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present. ...

18 users have voted.

Ruben Garza

Reflections seek reflections,

A mirror seeks a mirror,

A deeper conversation,

Life mirrors understanding.

Reflections seek life,

Understandings and challenges,

Games being played,

Play them elsewhere.

A reflection seeks education,...

22 users have voted.

Aramis Haley #01657067

Picture In A Frame

I put your picture in a frame
I read your letter that held your pain
So I sent a picture and hope you put it in a frame
In the letter I told you my pain
Even then you still want to be my friend?

How do I keep you interested?

33 users have voted.


My middle school teach said to my Grandmother;

“He’s just going through a phase”.


My Grandmother looked down at me.

I grinned back at her

with dirt smudged on my face

and my eyebrows raised.

In my back pocket I had


27 users have voted.

The Fruits of My Failures

You are so much more than your skin tone

Bust casted against my midnight complexion

you’re in Technicolor, a calico tapestry

you’re the reflection of the best parts of me

and I felt you


my redbone odyssey

I travelled inside of...

33 users have voted.

At Sunset

The sun sets differently on this side,

Your expectation of beautiful skies,

Filled with colors that’ll bring you to tears,

Are hardly ever seen by the naked eye…

I can’t even remember the last time I cried,

Nor can I remember the last time I smiled…...

30 users have voted.

Robert Williams



“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection”.   Leonardo Devinci

“If you put limits on what you can do physically or anything else, it'll spread over into the rest of your life...

18 users have voted.


Being imprisoned…among two thousand men

Seeing eve pass by… leaves a soul with the definition of friend.

To many this place is a human animal shelter…lost pets without owners…

Neglect as adolescents…prison is a way to keep potential “Arrested in Development”…Behavioral...

22 users have voted.

You Deserve the Most

To love is to share life together, to work side-by-side, and smile with pride, to help and encourage with smiles and sincere words of praise, sharing laughter and tears.

Throughout the years there’s no definition nor any limit, beginning or end, to how special that person is.


24 users have voted.