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Posted on 10/9/2017

In the mountains
The air is fresh and clear
In the mornings we breakfast on the patio, birds are singing
And the dawn is full of anticipation
The Earth is alive,
With the Sun comes hiking through meadows, cannon balls
Into icy water, finding new fishing holes or
Returning to reliable ones.

When eagles go to their aerie, bats come out in force
We’ll eat what we caught and...

Posted on 12/13/2017



There comes a time in each of our lives where we have
Experienced what is called, “broken moments”.  It was once
Said, “That without a foe, a person will never know their true
strength”.  From the exiting of the womb, until the grave, every
one of us will experience unfavorable circumstances that will
either strengthen our resolve or utterly destroy us. ...

Posted on 5/31/2017


As human beings, we have certain obligations:
To be kind to one another,
To be kind to our environment,
To be kind to ourselves.
Many see this as futile
Unless tied to some religious element.
Isn't the simple fact that it's in our collective best interest to do so, enough?
If someone you know is on a bad path;
Instead of bringing them down,
Bring them up....

Posted on 9/29/2015


I’m waiting for my time to come.
Or waiting until my time is done.
They say there is no way that I can make it home but I plan on
Finding one.
I’m waiting on a letter but it seems like no one wants to write.
So I end up stressing swinging on anyone who wants to fight.
I’m waiting on a money order so I could get a pair of sneaks.
Because these...

Posted on 3/21/2019

I am looking for someone to chit chat

Who shares from laughs and cries

Someone who will never play get back

& to walk this path with side by side

A guide at times, friend and companion till the end

Someone who will speak their mind

But isn’t demanding & can somewhat bend

Someone to lend a shoulder when needed

And kisses and hugs galore

Someone to believe in who...

Posted on 6/12/2018


My Road to No Where

It's hard to stay focused and in touch with my dreams
To block out the voices and misguiding screams.
They echo in my mind and tell me the wrong road to take...
Attracting me to a world where everything is fake.
Including my feelings and dreams that I chased...
Now I'll always have memories of years gone to waste.
I buried all my feelings and blocked out all...

Posted on 7/9/2018

Native Nomad
By Daniel Thomas

Great Spirit shed light on my path second generation orphan, native nomad. Just a young man cub, raised without a mother’s love. The underdog nobody wanted to see win. Born in sin? No. But I walk a black road. Fugitive, no home on my homeland. Live so fast, they buried me alive. Nationwide, I was made to fight, before I knew what I was fighting for. Going back to my roots on the Powwow...

Posted on 1/14/2019

“Sweet Strangers”

“You have mail…”
The words of heaven
Like water.
To the unfortunate in hell.

Addressed from a stranger
To deliver hope
To the hopeless
So meticulous, her thoughts
She enclosed
Under this postage.

The blissful aroma of her letter
Priceless pleasure…
Taken for granted.
Savor the fragrance
As I read...

Posted on 9/8/2015

The strain and pain she has that look on her face-I reach to touch and smooth out her hair, but she doesn’t’ know I’m there.

That far away look she stares into space, what is she seeing-I reach to bring her back from that terrible place.

She looks at me, but I’m sure she is not seeing me-for her eyes pass right through me.

She speaks and often times shouts, staring into space, screaming at the air-who is...

Posted on 7/9/2018

Hostile Takeover
By Daniel Thomas

In prison see us with the cleats on. Put the stomps on the who baller block on my entrepenatives. Still the most hated. Shout the news. We done paid our dues. On count too. It’s not how we can. It’s how we choose. Power moves, nationwide natives bring it to the table. How bout you? Ladies too. Convicts don’t get the meat shank. That’s for you. But I need you now. They...

Posted on 6/30/2016


A CARE FREE SOUL: Is responsible,
Not committed to anyone or worthy cause.
It has to be expressed lacking a serious view of life!

And displays an callous view of others!

A IGNORANT SOUL: Don’t know,
Or won’t turn on the light switch of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom,
To begin the learning process!

Posted on 1/25/2019
Heaven Gates,
Those are the gates in which I have opened,
And who's on the other side?
It's her, a beautiful female deity,
My name she summons,
I can't help but to go near,
Her beautiful bright smile is only one of many brilliant features,
An angelic face accompanied by eyes which possess the gaze of an angel,...
Posted on 4/18/2019

אילת השחר

(“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,

with wisdom and insight... trusting husband in the gates.

For the road that I walk is a hard one to bear,

the greatest of prices - you must be...

Posted on 5/2/2019

Real Recognize Real
You can either take my hand or take my word for it
If you're gonna play these corners caused the streets are slippery
And if you aint got nobody to guide you thru them
Then your fall for whatever it has to offer
I only know because of the niggas that came before me
They was getting seasoned while I was thawing out
Then they passed the game down to me
It was free, I just...

Posted on 6/25/2018

Destiny Mountains

Somewhere within, I’m free
I just have to dig deep and find that place within me,
Because this place below the pig’s feet
Is not my destiny.
No, it’s not my destiny.
It’s a place of temporary contingency;
Find inner-peace and be truly free,
Stay confined within the confines of my mind
Which keeps me in a constant state of...

Posted on 9/25/2017


A woman is truly amazing, flawless in the creation of such beauty. 
As a man were to love and cherish her, it’s our duty.
Ready to fulfill all of her needs, wants, and desires,
fully taking control and not waiting for something to transpire.
Being passionate and...

Posted on 10/9/2016


Hope was no longer in existence.
Hope, I so admittedly resisted.
Hope, I never expected to find.
Hope, I left so very far behind.
Hope, with all its godforsaken lies.
Hope, a part of me inside always cries.
Hope fills my being with her light from above.
Hope, a new outlook have I been given.
Hope, through her have I been forgiven.
Hope, again shall she not be lost...

Posted on 2/27/2019

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 of alignment;

But can you hear my screams of pain from sitting in

this hell-cell as it echoes in my silence?

Look closely, do...

Posted on 3/26/2019

“Half Dead”

At night’s I can’t sleep, and I know why.  November 1, 2012 was the day that I died.  The feeling of being dead is Fxxxxed Up, and it’s all in my mind, so much that I get chills down my spine.  So what am I to do?  Accept it, or try not to forget about my loved ones, and the ones that have died.  It’s hard for me to accept it, so every day I try to feel like somehow I’m still alive, but there is no...

Posted on 10/12/2014

Convoluted Conservatorship (Dissemblers)

Intolerant exclusionists, chauvinists, and pliable palliating pseudo humanitarians masquerading as heroic court appointed conservators to/for we the indigent, mentally impaired, incompetent and/or the poor…
Wolves in sheep’s clothing – most of them are.
Matthey chapter 7/ verses 15 thru 29
Is at the proverbial door…
What (I recently asked...

Posted on 5/2/2019


Come to me, my dearest Lady into my open arms, rest a while,
I know you need the love which reassures and calms.
Come to me, my dearest Lady, in to my ever-loving heart; talk awhile and share your needs.
Readily with your burden part.
Come to me, my dearest Lady, that within me you will find the comfort which you surely seek, and care and love so kind.
Come to me, my dearest Lady,...
Posted on 1/4/2018



Right before my eyes I observe the sands
of time sift through the hour glass….And yet
the horizon is unchanged….
Life slowly fading from my father quickening his
Right before my eyes I see my wing span reach
in two directions aiming to span this world,
I yearn to embrace my mother fully, her wisdom
so inviting and mighty…..
Right before...

Posted on 1/25/2019


I want to be your Everything,

What I mean by this is that I want to be your World,

The sun you see when you look at the sky in the morning and throughout the day
until it sets,

In addition I desire to be the moon you see when you look upon the sky at night,

I want to be the air that's being.inhaled within your lungs,

I want to be the one you-see-when you look in the mirror, as...

Posted on 2/4/2019


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 up your head,

I saw my light in you –

A ghostly and familiar light

that chilled my moonlight spine.

For if you were...

Posted on 8/22/2018

Raw thoughts transformed to words

And give life,

Verbalizing silent emotions about struggle

And strife.


Communicating my feeling just using

My intellect,

Articulating my passion on a different

Level so we connect.


Revealing the sentiments of my heart

Using poems as expression,

Disclosing the truth of my soul through

My written...

Posted on 8/1/2018

Some Words
By Larry Rodgers

Some words could hurt you more than a force of a fist
Some words could love you more than a hug and a kiss
Some words are proficient to the wise but to a fool it’s nonsense
Some words could be hard to ignore even when you put up a fence
Some words are funny, you laugh so hard you cry
Some words could hurt being the truth even more than a lie
Some words could make...

Posted on 2/4/2019

Until you been arrested and spent endless days in jail, and walked a 1000 miles without leaving your cell.

Until you’ve lost your family and you’re utterly alone and you tried to seek comfort, to find out it was left at home.

Until you face the judge and entered your guilty plea, and heard them screw up words you won’t be free.

Until your days turn to months and months turn into years and you’ve stayed awake at night...

Posted on 10/29/2018


I’m trying to stay free in my mind because freedom of my mind will be my only escape. I’m trying to be more productive of myself for myself and even though that may sound selfish, I have to do things like this or I become useless to myself and to others. Because I’m trying to stay free in my mind because freedom of my mind will be my only escape.

So leave me to my peace and I’ll leave you to yours, not to say that I am...

Posted on 5/10/2015


Though I never say it.
You're the most important person in my life.

You're also the most difficult, frustrating woman I've ever known;
And in these moments;
You're the only one I can talk to from the heart,
Who cares enough to try and understand me.
When I had lost sight of myself.

Seeing me for myself,
Listening to my thoughts...

Posted on 8/13/2018

Poetry by: Darnell Bell
“The Power Of Life”

Decades of rain, snow, sleet and hail
I witnessed you survive through them all…
At the same time, I watched a nation fall.
As I stare at this unspoken solid wall…
Through the cracks of its concrete,
Right where darkness and sunshine meet
Under the moonlight…where the incarcerated sleep…
Separated from the outside world.
22 years in prison...