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Inmate Poetry

Glenn Taylor

Year’s End

This is the best time for laughs and smiles.

With joyful hearts, and giddy juveniles.

Welcome the season that's so full of cheer

From spinning dreidels, to seeing reindeer.

No matter the color, education, or creed.

There's a hearty “...

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17 users have voted.

Bishop Lott #1013945

“A Letter To Nipsey”

Mista Hu$$le & Motivate / I had always knew dat someday you would be great / Back in 2004, 2005, when we used to sale DVD’s & CD’s out them crates / Dat’s how we ate / R.I.P. ThundaCat / A.K.A. Nipsey Hu$$le tha Great / I remember when we used to record at...

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14 users have voted.

Doug Mialkovsky #AB-7844

To those who choose this poem to read; from behind gray walls, I felt the need to take my years dusted off the shelf to reveal a little bit about myself. Unfortunately I’m alone and past my prime, I’m learning to change my ways while doing time. Trying to pretend to be somebody else, a life of...

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13 users have voted.

Chiron Prewit #R-13632

Heaven’s Angel

I wanna know about the way you feel.
Don’t be afraid to open your heart, all wounds will heal.
My whispers to your eardrums relax your emotions with ease.
The aura of your presence brings a weakness to my knees.
Let me hold you tight and protect you...

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15 users have voted.

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...

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23 users have voted.

Eric Woodie

Tell Me What You Think!

 

Tell me if you think...

You could win a war without a...

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“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....

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12 users have voted.

James Ingram

Determined!

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...

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6 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,...

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8 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...

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22 users have voted.

Len Mitchell

“Make It Right”

My ancestors were slaves and I still allowed myself to end up in chains.

Isn't it all the same?  Well, except for who's to blame?

They would never approve.  So, what does this prove?

Was I destined to lose?  Was this fated from the...

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19 users have voted.

What is Love?

What is love?

Love is doing all you can for another, even if it means giving the shirt off your back. Love is being there for another, regardless of when, where, or why. Love is making sure another is happy, even if that very happiness causes you pain.

What is love?

Love...

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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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10 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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17 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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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...

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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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12 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...

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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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11 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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16 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....

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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

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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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7 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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2 users have voted.

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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4 users have voted.

Change

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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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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Motivation

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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1 user has voted.

Nipsey

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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2 users have voted.

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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