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Inmate Poetry

Ghetto Cries

Shots fired
Another man down, Latino and black on black crimes.
Hearses riding, preachers preaching, mothers crying
Father's nowhere to be found-
Incarcerated lockdown.

Strapped with pistols
Swearing vengeance for every comrade that died.
Candles...

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Paying Homage

It was those who came before me
That paved the way
Giving me this opportunity to write poetry today-

I thank you.

For every African Man, Woman, and Child
Who fought and died for my sake
Because if you I have the freedoms that I have today-

I thank...

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24 users have voted.

My Fellow Countryman

Why are we so blind that we can't see

That if we are divided we will fall in defeat

Evil powers are on the rise

Waiting on every corner for our demise

Country men of every race

Put aside your differences today

Stand together firm in faith

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Ephraim Borges

Do I really need a diamond to make you mine forever?

Or will my love suffice?  Without a thing can

we start planning together and hope

everything will turn out right.  They say all

we need is love, and we’ll last, But

maybe they spoke too soon...

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Adrian Barnes

Lately I've been finding myself lost searching for love

Love is blind but I know it's looking for me

I yell out Love's name L.O.V. until I'm on E

I'm tired I grab my phone and turn on my location

Maybe the satellites all show love where I'm located

I dial...

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21 users have voted.

Why Do I Write?

Why Do I Write?

From the confines of a cubicle
I watch a roach crawling around
The peeling paint of a prison wall.

It seems I've been here
Since the construction of this
1920s model of Criminal Justice.

Each year passing.
With.
Another...

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20 users have voted.

Venson Price

If I were to discover the burgundy in your eyes, would that be the road to an unconditional influence of possibilities?

Should such chemistry ignite a world of wisdom, a life of knowledge or another volume of fire?
See, of course Eye am hungry…

Even know which ingredients...

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14 users have voted.

Mi Vida Loca

In some Gents eyes, love is but a game, Perro not everyone in este vida sees things quite the same.

Everyone has an oldie, that special song for all the good in life, perro especially the wrong.

At times life seems unfair. It’s as though at times no one really cares. ...

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Isolation

Isolation - by Pyro

Like a room full of toys, surrounded by fictional eyes.

Staring in demise, but never full of life.

Plenty of time to count the time, they say the truth always lies in the eyes.

Try breathing with no air, Jordan Sparks!

Every second lost...

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Snow On The Rose

Snow On The Rose         

I’m a rose that grows

Through the cold of snow

Inside the veins that flow

In the depths of the Earth that’s low

Beneath the skins of our bodies will show

Our true natures glow...

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15 users have voted.

I Dream Your Dreams

Do you know sometimes I dream of you at night?

To be able to feel your sadness is never alright.

Maybe no one seems to understand that your dreams are nightmares.

Going through different doors of your life where no one cares.

All you wanted was someone who knew...

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11 users have voted.

To My Future Love

Even though you haven't met me yet, truth is I'm yours, soon to be….waiting for our moments together, till the very end….day by day I dream of it.

Preparing for the moment I have you.  Hoping I could fill every good thing in your life to meet all your expectations.  Because my...

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14 users have voted.

Time Time

I'm alone and alone is were unworthy

just under the weather again

And, whether or not; maybe I'm ready

Asunder is just about when

Having cats and dogs raining outside now

and trying to shelter my time

A sound I try not to be petty with

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12 users have voted.

Stardust

We all came from the stars, and we rose from the dust

we taught each other hatred, and different forms of lust

Creating perfection, must have taken time

your dreams and ideas are unique to mine

but our opinions, can make us blind

Our personal perceptions,...

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15 users have voted.

SHIVAREE: MINNESOTA CHRISTMAS

By Rodney A. Warndahl
2019

He lights a candle in the window
To guide his lady’s way home;
Had her stocking hung
Since Thanksgiving was done,
There for when she walks thru the door…

He wrapped her present after it first snowed,
Wrote “For you...

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Shame, Shame

I committed a crime and caused great pain.
Shame shame.

I’ll grow old in this with this darkness, it will never be the same,
Shame shame.

Running from the memory of your name.
Shame shame.

I promise I loved you, I didn’t mean to betray.
Shame shame...

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Fi`Ness Stokes #01562066

Give me liberty or give me death / When the only way up the ladder of success / Gotta contribute to this epidemic – mass imprisonment / Which is mostly Black and Brown / Where we keep this up we’re be extinct / Freedom of speech and equality / Yea, yea  - well who the hell are you to judge...

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Paul Rouse

“Advertising in it’s highest flight exerts itself and monetize it’s might”.

J’aime le gateau.

 

Paul Andrew Rouse

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Lost In Thought

Lost in Thought

They say I'm supposed to be in jail….living in hell…pacing back and forth in a cell waiting on mail my body may be trapped but my mind and soul will forever be free…..for I know me….connect on a level that is mental and emotionally…..the Sun, the Moon, the planets...

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8 users have voted.

If

If no one can

see my tears do they

still count? if my heart

skips like kids often do,

does that mean I’m in

love? if my past

could speak, would it tell

my future, if fairy tales

were true, would love’s

kiss awaken me? if...

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10 users have voted.

Warrick Dunn #02071677

A beautiful person is someone who gives so much to others. A beautiful person is someone who is helpful and caring in every situation. A beautiful person is someone who takes time to listen. A beautiful person is someone who makes another feel special and important. A beautiful person is someone...

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The Flowers of Trauma

I woke
From your filthy dream
This morning
In your filthy bed
With your filthy arm around me
And your filthy seeds dead-dry between my thighs

And exorcised
Your demons
Like every morning;
And found a tune
Fit to whirl a dervish to....

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11 users have voted.

Paul Rouse #Y16746

“Crazy thoughts…has anyone seriously tried to compose a song using a William Shakespearean sonnet – and not as a gaffe?”

Paul Andrew Rouse

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Kenneth Gentry #114979

How many times must my life come undone?
How many years must I be alone?
As I stand beneath the fires of an unforgiving sun.
I’ve danced with fallen angels.
I’ve forsaken all of my dreams.
I’ve let the demons render my soul with all their needful things.
How...

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5 users have voted.

The Red Door

The Red Door

There in the midst of a spellbinding storm, the legendary Red Door approaches. 

To gaze upon its markings… to touch upon its surface… it is as if to feel the trepidation of dubiety swell up in the easternmost corner of my eyes. 
Behold! 

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Choices

Choices
When you don’t know what you should do or where to turn
If you are nervous, uptight and your stomach churns;
Take a step back and think things through
I am going to tell you what you should do.
See if the decision is born out of love or hate
Then the...

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8 users have voted.

Hard Times

Hard Times

Who will be here
Who will stay
How will I make it through today
Lie to me that's fool
Who will make me smile
I need love where could it be
I'm hungry with nothing to eat
Who will be my beauty to this beast
Keep positive thoughts...

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Facing Myself: Jeffery S. Hazle Jr. 02/17-18/2017

Hours upon hours, I exchange blows with the boy growing into
A man standing in front of his mirror,
Mental deterioration as I analyze and criticize the image
Reflecting back into my eyes,
In my mind, insecurities became superior, confidence became
Inferior,
My...

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1 user has voted.

I Dream

I Dream

I dream of a day of success, a day when poverty and struggle no longer exist in my life.

But it's just a dream some say! An unreachable goal! They say I dream to big!!!

These are the words of a dreamless fool with no destination.

So I laugh, and I hold...

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Falling Out Of Love, Fall Again

Hear me
See me
My desperate pleas
Night
Day
I’m living in extremes
Hurt me
Hate me
If nothing else at all
Will you clean me
Will you heal me
After the fall?
I’d ask for love
Normally
It leaves me
With...

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