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Inmate Poetry

Dinzal Weathers

In The Echos Of Silent Confinement

I wonder…

Does crystallized carbon feel the pressure that

transforms it into diamonds?

Does gold cry out as heat purifies it by refinement?

You can hear the whines and whistles of a machine

when its gears are out...

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Larry Alexander #KS7678

The Love I Never Had

If I could, I would give you the love I never had
Growing up as a child, raised without a dad
I wish I could hold you, I wish I could kiss you
God, how much I miss you,
Watching you grow from jail is hard, communication is
Kind of...

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Robert Justin Mize #01032802

My Loss

Just received the heart-rending news late today,
My best friend died a sudden death yesterday.

When the whole wide world was completely a drain,
You were there to ease the unbearable pain,
Always helping to keep me mentally sane.

Now I’m having...

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Kyle Perz

Tick tock goes the clock

Dripping down the walls

Melted wax and broken glass.

are on Epitaph for all time.

The final wave is on its way

Sent by Cybia's hand

a team of 3 to save the world

Aura's bracket shines bright

First the...

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Moonface

 

My childhood self looked down at me

from deep in the full moon’s face.

His eyes did not remember me,

for these eyes took their place.

He squinted his eyes and frowned and said,

“You look like a boy I knew”.

Just then when you tilted...

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I Sometimes Wonder

I Sometimes Wonder

I sometimes wonder does it really even matter.

Like these thoughts that go pitter patter in my mind aren’t worth saving.

Saying this all the while yet I still jo ‘em.

Sometimes I really wonder.  Can a good man exist in such a cold world as...

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The paradox of life

At times I’d rather write my thoughts than sit and write my family.

Expressions of my youth reflect through truth and understanding.

The problem with that is understanding has been amiss.

So expressions of a twisted individual are what exist.

Should I take a razor...

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Almighty

10/25/13

The words I speak are true,  if you do not believe me listen to the news.

You say nothing is going to happen, but have you forgotten disasters?

You say all is good and okay, but why do you stay?

I am the Lord your creator, so please let me do you a...

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Benevolence and Faith

Benevolence and faith it takes

   For friendship forged anew,

The mysteries of destiny

   Then come gradually into view,

When the universe has crossed our paths

   And our stars have been aligned,

We’ll find if all has...

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Finding Home

Insatiable desire

I yearn for a woman

With tender bounteous bosom

And strawberry curls

Flowing free and unfurled

Over cheeks of rose petals

Adorned with freckles

Insatiable desire

 

Enchantingly exquisite

She...

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Quincy Smith

Boys are students

Men are teachers,

Boys ask questions

Men give answers,

Boys run in gangs

Men organize teams,

Boys play house

Men build homes,

Boys make babies

Men raise children,

Boys will not raise their own child...

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HOPE

Hope to me is life.  Without hope there is no life.

Hope is what keeps me breathing, hope that someday

things will get better.  Hope that I can change,

that others will see that change.

Hope that the future will be less painful than the past.

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A Fathers Prayer

A Fathers Prayer

The longing in my life is not a prayer for me, in the deep watches of the night I pray not selfishly.
I lift her life to you, her heart I know you love. I cannot protect her now below, please protect her from above.
You see her needs as I cannot, you...

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Santos Rodriguez #R69474

“In Search I Might”
Somewhere along my train of thought,
A sudden rush created a spark.
A spark that flowed within my soul,
Longing for a friendship that would grow.
Nothing more than sincere rapport,
Built on loyalty, trust and more.
 
Maybe...

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Soldier Boy

The first time I held you,

So small and brand new;

Tears came to my eyes;

And I whispered, “I love you”.

 

The first words you spoke,

Were music to my ears;

I was the one you ran to,

And got you through your fears.

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I'm no different

The people around you don’t seem to care anymore

So much lies and secrets you wonder what friends are for

Nobody to talk with because their hearts are closed

They make jokes, you shed a tear and feel so alone

 

I’m no different, I’m just like you...

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Snowfall upon children

All around nothing but white

But everywhere you look, you can see signs of life

A snowman dressed with grandpa’s old clothes

The little children make Frosty with a smiling pose

The joy of life can never be more present

The presence of snow is always its...

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Gage Binger

You will never know what a letter can mean until you have been where I am, or been through what I’ve been through.

I’m confined to a world behind four walls where no one can see me, and I receive no calls or visits.

Often I sleep and wake up alarmed, thinking that my family,...

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Systematically Defamed

 

That file is not me;

It does not accurately present my personality,

Nor does it portray my true identity.

It’s merely a biased summary;

Highlights of my life’s mistakes used to characterize me into the villain that the system needs me to be for the...

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Gardy Jean-Baptiste #04A2387

“EVERYTHING”

I am from the tree that birthed the leaf
Which fed the caterpillar who evolved into itself.
I am self with the universe. I – AM – WE
Equals ME – are eternal, in that sense, death is only promised to circumstance.

For like the tree whose leaves fall...

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Self-Importance

You took my kids away from me

and they don’t even live with you

and the fed’s did too.

 

You put me on child support,

But you can eat too.

 

The fed’s fabricated my case

And your life is fabricated too.

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A Frail Old Angel's Cry

One night I had a dream, it left a tale to tell.

I dreamed I saw an Angel. Poor thing he was not well.

His body was bruised and battered. His wings, ripped and torn.

I saw that he could barely walk he was tired and worn.

I walked right up and asked him, “Angel”,...

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Vyron Green #15962842

Don’t Damn Me

You wouldn’t believe what I’ve seen
If you seen it in a dream
You couldn’t walk in these shoes
If I taught you to
I’m not tryin to mock you dudes
But I come off cocky rude
Wit a f*** you attitude
Plus a crooks smile
Oops I...

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Vyron Green #15962842

What Is…

What is life without the urge to wanna strive
What’s it like to be earth bound but destined to fly
How do you find what’s unknown, tho meant to hide
Without time is distance defined
Without a lie how can I achieve
For you to believe this is me...

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Vyron Green #15962842

Share My Pain

Yes I did some lines
So I could try to find
How to feel fine, so I hit rewind
I’m crushing down these pills
I’m rollin’ dolla bills
Trying to kill off my feels
But I’m lost in these fields
Of oxycontin trills
The pain is bone...

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Vyron Green #15962842

Greatness

What sensation to be this amazing
I’m collecting many praises
From all these different faces
Tell’em who’s the greatest of’em all
Yea I took some falls
Might’ve stumbled in the halls
But I climbed every wall
While walking every bridge...

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Black Rose

Rising through 
chipped paint, rusty doors 
stained steel, and cracked floors, 
a black rose 
rose for an encore.
Rooted by tears of spilled dreams, 
and the soil of being deemed 
unenviable for life’s theme; 
yet...

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Expressions About Expression

Expression flaunts
The way we feel
On mocking taunts
Spieled for our kneel.

Do you - Be you
In the battle
Verses of you
Against prattle.

Turn down the bass
On the music
Tuned to debase
your Politick.

Sculpture pieces...

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LaSean Jackson #M20920

Dreams of Reality?

Last night I had the most beautiful dream
It was so real or so it did seem
I woke up from my slumber and a visitor appeared
It was you standing there, your eyes filled with tears
I pulled you close and whispered, “Baby don’t cry”
“I’ll...

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“Some Things are Worth Fighting For”

Some things are worth

Fighting for,

Too important to

Just ignore,

Or,

Allow someone else

To hold,

Especially one who’s

So cold,

That he could overlook

And mother’s tears,

Then murder what she created

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