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Inmate Poetry

Time The Tyrant

Trapped, but not by walls,

Fences, cages, cement or signs.

Like yourselves I’m a victim.

Victimized by the tyranny of time.

Trapped, but not by walls.

Kidnapped with each passing second,

Held against my will,

Murdered, and time was the...

22 users have voted.

“Part I : Without Hesitation…”

They say conversation rules the nation,

So I’m going to take this time to allow myself proper preparation,

Seizing the opportunity avoiding all means of procrastination;

Approaching who may be my subject of with persistence, hard work and dedication,


7 users have voted.

Uncharted Dimensions

By: Damion McDougland

Pen name: The Unknown Pen

Dedicated to: Every African American assassinated unjustly in Amerikkka

Paraplegic foot steps embracingly caress uncharted dimensions…

Masterly duplicating synchronized events…

‘I have a dream.’


10 users have voted.

Eric Woodie

Tell Me What You Think!


Tell me if you think...

You could win a war without a...

10 users have voted.

“Respect To You Before Anything”

“Respect To You Before Anything”

When it comes to you, I be in deep
Thought, or outer space.

I get it, “Treat people, how you want
To be treated”?

Love can blind you, or it can clarify
Your vision.

Being still, I learn how to love myself....

12 users have voted.

James Ingram


I take my focus serious, due to focus being my energy, that very focus helped to define who I am today.  I've gained an understanding of myself.  I've set goals and promised to see them through until the end.  I stand for what is positive.  Join the fight...

5 users have voted.

Robert Tello #01852747

That Day

Though time does always race the same for all,
Can we expect it to be always fair?
For with uneven hands the clocks display
As men are unevenly dealt their affairs.

To some, ticks leech away the sweet hours,
To some, the hours sweetly tick away,...

7 users have voted.

Clyde Heard #R67228


I’m here when you need me the most
I’m deep within the center of your heart
But million’s miles away to hold you close
You crave for my arms and beg for my touch
I’m the feeling of happiness and that feeling of rush
I am you ultimate aspiration, I am...

9 users have voted.

Steven Bulleit #15838245

The Biscuit Giver

I sat on my front porch,
The concrete cool beneath me.
I curved my shoulders forward
And drew my gaze down
While holding out the biscuit.

After the dog’s incursions
Into our yard, my sitting
Aroused its curiosity; perhaps...

20 users have voted.

Derrick Martin-Armstead

The 3 L's:  (light, love and life) dedicated (freedom) from prison

Standing this near to you I catch a contact.  Transmitted through the context of a consciousness on high.  Looking at this world through a dilated third eye I no longer inner stand, in life, light and love...

13 users have voted.

She Deserves It

Imagine after a long day of work
Strong hands massaging your shoulders,
Caressing you down.

Steamy. Hot bubble bath waiting for you to dip inside
Back rubs, feet massages
Slow wet kisses creeping up your spine
A man who's willing to listen as you speak...

23 users have voted.

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.

29 users have voted.

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...

25 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


17 users have voted.

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...

9 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...

13 users have voted.

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...

14 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...

10 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...

14 users have voted.


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,...

13 users have voted.


By Rodney A. Warndahl

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...

11 users have voted.

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...

11 users have voted.

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...

10 users have voted.

Paul Rouse

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

J’aime le gateau.


Paul Andrew Rouse


10 users have voted.


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...

15 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...

12 users have voted.

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....

10 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

7 users have voted.

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.

5 users have voted.


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...

7 users have voted.