Inmate Poetry


I am a son with no mother or father,

I am a brother with no siblings,

I am a father with no child or children,

I am a friend with no friends,

I am a companion with no counterpart,

I am a facilitator with no followers.

By: David Klein


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An example of crazy is continuing to be the same.

When the same has never prospered you being a fool is what you claim.

Quit hunting things that should not be.  Enjoy life is what to do.

Turn in that dated uniform, and try on something new.

Negativity has no...

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America, America, God shed his grace on thee

(while still in Mountain View with a window)

Center stage straight up
before me,
the bright white disc beams down.
Its blue-white rays
pierce the bars,
and bestow the kiss
of moonlight.
It’s been a long, cold
rainy spring,

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Harris County Insomnia

These walls about me are unfounded
on anything I said or did,
yet deep within these walls am hid.
Without the sky is clean and dry,
without the days keep tumbling by,
within is helpless waiting by
and deathless death of days.
So see my eyes which...

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The thunder crashes above me,
betokening the wrath of God.
The rain falls around me,
but I can’t see it,
but rain betokens
the sadness of God.
Another Boethius is dying,
like so many before
in the sad annals
of this Earth’s history.

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Time of the Essence

Time of the essence is a blessing

Once you know how to decipher time, use it at your own discretion

A lot of times I'm wondering, guessing, searching for my own protection

Not from physical harm, but my mental connections

To reach out to a stranger as if he's my...

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Alberto Granados

Heavy Load pt. 2

Spiraling out of control, can't recall the cause of it all.
Self destruction, loneliness, been betrayed death and pain.
Suppressing the memories of so many loved ones I've lost.
Manifesting as scars, emotional and physical,
heart and soul like a...

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Daydreaming of a life, to live in
Instead of existing, bound by the shackles of my condition
Not just the physical walls that confine me,
But the mentally oppressive state that surrounds me…

Daydreaming of a life, that isn’t defined by
Circumstance, but by the...

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Damon Williams

Certainly Uncertain...

I am caught within a vortex of deep

emotion, simultaneously submerged in joy and pain...

Hope and despair, sensitivity and masculinity... I am

helplessly shattered, yet whole, doubtfully trusting the

throes of my senses... Inflated...

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A lost boy in search of manhood
A system in place, making this find unlikely
Streets offered a look-a-like substance,
Until I found my heart as dark as my skin
Before I knew it
I didn’t know the difference between
Me and the streets
Lured into defeat by...

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Only In A Dream

Only In A Dream

A shattered heart minded in the blink of an eye

Pains of relationships past fade away simply from your presence

A feeling of bliss, true love, and serenity overwhelm me

All things thought to be none existent

Brought to reality by the woman...

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Time and time again
Senseless violence takes
A friend, brother, sister
Mother, father or child
All the while,
The world keep spinning around.

Another soul lost
Too many tears shed
Feelings of emptiness surround us
Another great human is...

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Fire in my Heart

The Fire in my Heart

Came from God above

It's such a wonderful blessing

to receive his holy love

He kindled a fire

that makes me whole

It started in my heart

burns deep in my soul

He picked up this poor sinner

He sent me on...

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Greetings To You

“Greetings to You”

This is the deepest, sincere, thoughts of my heart, mind and soul!

Since the beginning of time, I've had these thoughts, desires and feelings towards you, before I was born.

Since I became aware of my existence to be, it has been a passion burning deep...

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A Woman's Beauty

A Woman’s Beauty

Created from man she was,

the womb of life she is,

a blessing from the creator because,

she provides substance for this.

Reference the womb that bore you

she's the woman who creates life,

a life fashioned and if you only...

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“Pain Is Love”

How’s a man supposed to feel when the police take his freedom.
Then he’s forced to watch as his woman slowly leaves him,
Her family and her friends telling her she doesn’t need him.
Leading to a phone call where she claims she’s lost all feeling,
Tears in his eyes as he...

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“This P.O.E.M. is the (Product of Every Man):


I feel I’ve come a long way,
Although there are memories in my past dark and grey,
Or I’m locked away, for forever and a day;
I still see the sun’s ray.

I’m real, in the gardens I play,

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These Eyes Have Seen

These eyes have seen the worst of life and a little of the best. I’ll always be who I am.
These eyes have seen gang wars that ended with people dying in the street, for what reason we’d taken another man’s life.
These eyes have seen broken homes and shattered dreams due to habitual...

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The Mirror Speaks

I looked in the mirror and who did I see?
The fading reflection of the woman I used to be.
A past cannot change, and I don’t think I would.
By making peace with the past, I’ll remember where I once stood.
Through hard times and valleys, abuse and betrayal,

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Isac Marrugo #02073278

Distractions clouding my mind, tears rain on my vision/
Trying to keep it together, but I feel like something is missing/
How significant a feeling, to feel so insignificant/
Certified one hundred, body full of certificates/
Stars and scars, each telling a story/

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If These Scars Could Talk

If these scars could talk,
What would my wounds say?
Would they speak of pain,
Endured along the way?
Of broken hearts left in my wake,
Of tears, prayers went up in vain?
If these cars could talk,
The monologue would be of sorrow!
Mistakes of...

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Jaime Aguirre

Life will nip you on your heels and never charge your for thrills, 
A solution in itself like pills but you can never pay the bills, 
What if there were some trickery like the one that lacks between you and me, 
Good and evil spirits bickering but without the...

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Sebastian Award

This being human is a guest house

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

Some momentary awareness comes

As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

Who violently...

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A Friend Of Mine

A Friend of Mine

A friend of mind will freely spend time without feeling timed or like she’s doing time at any time

A friend of mine will stimulate my mind while allowing hers to mined

A friend of mine gives me her best and loves the best of me

A friend of mine...

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Maura Levine


The silent, frozen landscape lies

just beyond these prison bars --

remote, dead, immutable, unholy,

under a half-wit moon.

And I -- bound and gagged

in bands of white cotton,

scarce breathing, without sleep

as the guard stalks...

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Rodney Reeves

"Shoplifting Philosophy"

Don’t use drugs and shoplift is my philosophy,

take heed or you will experience pain and misery...

Shoplifting is not an innocent crime,

it will lead to doing time...

Things can happen that you least expect,

like putting...

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Rodney Reeves

Missing My Dad

Heard my Dad was in the hospital feelin’ bad,

the news of that made me feel sad...

Oh Dad I'm missing you.

Sitting here in prison not knowing my Dads condition,

how l wished my family would give me...

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Herbert Long

Above Average

What do you see when you look at me?

Is it just charm, good looks, a great personality?

Do you see another man just like any other?

Just out to get what he can get?

Nothing serious, just a temporary companion?

Is that all you see,...

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Pablo Maldonado #1000900002

Do not fear that I shall hurt your feelings, disappoint you or even break your heart. What I promise is nothing more than everything I am now and everything I will be with you. All I want is to make ready every wonder of your thoughts, cast ourselves into the whirl of endless possibilities in...

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James Leach

Ayelet Ha Shakar

(“Morningstar or Deer of the Dawn”)

Who would you be, if I knew who you were?

That YHWH must come first in your heart, that much is sure;

faithful and loving, that my heart be secure.

A warrior, a princess, and fearless in faith,


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