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Inmate Poetry

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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Lawrence Buckner #48324-039

It is essential that we address this very important aspect of life, which is to live in the moment. All of us at one point in time or another have been tripped by past situations that have caused (by our negative self-encouragements) many years of incomfortability. This pernicious process has...

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Brent Bellah #1077684

Passion For Art

It begins in the mind as a seed planted in soil,
Scenes that form from the colors of imagination,
Taking shape within the soul to boil,
Each object pieced together from fragmentation.

The picture is drawn out of shapes to lay a foundation,
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Ker'Sean Ramey

Still Holdin

I have been exiled from society,

A threat and a menace is what they call me.

As I sit and count those who are real,

I’m high in spirits, even while confined to concrete and steel.

The things that I cherish are so far away,

But I am not...

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Javier Medina

“Today I touch base with a friend, hoping she can hear me”

Tomorrow I wait for the day I touchdown, and she meets the real me

True men do exist, yet they’re hard to find

Someone with the Heart of Gold, so real, so kind

Everyone has flaws and imperfections, no one...

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Joseph Ceretti

If It Was Me

Police are killing innocent people at an alarming rate,

And none of its hearsay, everything is caught on tape.

Even with that overwhelming evidence, free, away they walk,

I pray for the mothers whose sons lie in chalk…

People like myself who...

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Anthony Pratt #150329

The vodka on your breath
Could make a small boy dizzy;
But I hung on like death;
Such waltzing was not easy.
We romped until the pots
And pans slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother’s expression could not
Unfrown itself, the hand that
Held my wrist...

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Prison Pals

I’m cool

And irate

Top ten

Both, a fool

Mad, hate

And again

And, again

I’m cool

I begin

To stop

Be straight

Like a pen

I mean

To mean

What I say

To stay

On my path...

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Jeremy Garcia

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...

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George Bigler

                         Lost and Found

Lost in my seclusion, embarrassed and ashamed;

I have realized the truth; It’s myself I have to blame!

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Dustin Vaughn #211469

In Flux (Of leverage and levity)

To hate the soundless sounds,
Like sunburnt backs.
Jumping here and there to escape
The passive psychic sores;
That these micro-grains
Polluting my veins
In vain, have
Surrendered to a Slavic weeper’s woe
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Frank Roland #K-62115

~Reflections~ Part 1

Precious reflection of mine, allow us to reflect on the rejections of time as we inspect the misconceptions of the neglections of a unique mind…

Confined conflict refines chaos by declining to impersonate. Designing a mined mind defined by defiance and inner...

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Daniel Thomas

Dance Me Outside

She was arrayed in purple and scarlet. With hair black as choke cherries, her eyes the brightest obsidian beneath dark lashes. Hips don’t lie and I marveled with great amazement. Never have I envisioned a more carnal enchantress of an Isis or Cleopatra, Queen of the...

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