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Inmate Poetry

Posted on 1/14/2019

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.

Hope that freedom exists outside of me.  Hope that

God exists for me.  Hope that I’m not too old

or too late, not too much nor...

Posted on 8/21/2019

The Red Door

There in the midst of a spellbinding storm, the legendary Red Door approaches. 

To gaze upon its markings… to touch upon its surface… it is as if to feel the trepidation of dubiety swell up in the easternmost corner of my eyes. 
Behold! 

From deep within the heart of your derma hails the almighty fragrance; for fragments of crystallized uncertainty commence to fall as the Red Door's...

Posted on 4/15/2019

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 been the cause of separation from loved ones, destroyed business endeavors, as well as promoting physical, mental, spiritual and emotional captivity....

Posted on 8/1/2017

“Live & Learn”

You live and you learn,
When you lose you earn,
Before you walk you crawl,
But to learn you fall,
To begin is within,
Just as airs in the wind,
Forgive as you sin,
And even when you fail,
Make it a WIN!

By: Steven Ramirez

Posted on 7/1/2019

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 dead.

Nipsey Hussle left us
But his name and music
Will forever live on,
Music played everywhere,
His name spoken from...

Posted on 2/1/2015

"Lost Words"

Pen in hand, paper at my desk I put down words I want to say forgotten all the rest.

Words they flow from my mind through my heart down to this pen and paper and that's how it starts.

Shutting out all interruptions around me, just pen, paper and words of finding.

All my worries, hurt, anger and fears, I put down on paper for someone to hear.

I scream, I shout in words I...

Posted on 7/15/2019

Always live life to the fullest…
Don’t let go of hope
Hope gives you the strength to keep
Going when you feel like giving up.
Don’t ever quit believing in yourself
As long as you believe you
Can, you will have a reason for
Trying…
Don’t let anyone hold
Your happiness in their hands; hold it
In yours so it will always be within
Your reach.
Don’t measure success or
...

Posted on 2/1/2014

Wilting red rose (ones lonely weeps)

Whisper to me the calm of Hope---amid a world so
full of deceit… Allow my seeking heart and mind to
know your loyal pearl smile of friendship as my
illuminating psychological shield of protection—
against any thought(s) of failure, surrender, and/or defeat…
For ?!, I fight against all odds--daily (against they whom
actively strive to...

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 5/20/2019

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 sweep your house

Empty of its furniture,

Still treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

For some new delight...

Posted on 9/17/2019

Lost in Thought

They say I'm supposed to be in jail….living in hell…pacing back and forth in a cell waiting on mail my body may be trapped but my mind and soul will forever be free…..for I know me….connect on a level that is mental and emotionally…..the Sun, the Moon, the planets orbiting around one another is almost like my mind orbiting in clutter….at times I slip away…..thinking about that special someone turns my mind into warm...

Posted on 7/18/2019

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 own

Keep him from harm, show affection

‘Cause we don't even know the magnificence of life

Always trying to live for the hype…....

Posted on 3/12/2019

“State Razed”
By Mark Perry

They say, “A man’s character is his fate”.
They say, “As the branch is bent, so the tree takes shape”.
Well if that’s the case, let’s see what they’ve created,
Take a good look at what
“Washington State Raises”

My life is like an open book,
With ripped torn pages
Or better yet an episode of
“World’s Wildest Police Chases”
If you could see inside...

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...