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Inmate Poetry

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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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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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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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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Fi`Ness Stokes #01562066

Give me liberty or give me death / When the only way up the ladder of success / Gotta contribute to this epidemic – mass imprisonment / Which is mostly Black and Brown / Where we keep this up we’re be extinct / Freedom of speech and equality / Yea, yea  - well who the hell are you to judge...

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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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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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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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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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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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I Dream

I Dream

I dream of a day of success, a day when poverty and struggle no longer exist in my life.

But it's just a dream some say! An unreachable goal! They say I dream to big!!!

These are the words of a dreamless fool with no destination.

So I laugh, and I hold...

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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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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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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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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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A Woman's Beauty

A Woman’s Beauty

Created from man she was,

the womb of life she is,

a blessing from the creator because,

she provides substance for this.

Reference the womb that bore you

she's the woman who creates life,

a life fashioned and if you only...

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“Pain Is Love”

How’s a man supposed to feel when the police take his freedom.
Then he’s forced to watch as his woman slowly leaves him,
Her family and her friends telling her she doesn’t need him.
Leading to a phone call where she claims she’s lost all feeling,
Tears in his eyes as he...

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Christopher Martinez #02048726

I can’t lie, you’re one of a kind, I won’t find another one like you, to make all my dreams come true.
What else am I to do, but love you forever and a day, the way you make me feel, the things you say can’t be explained anyway.
Love’s complicated, emotionally evaluated, highly...

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If These Scars Could Talk

If these scars could talk,
What would my wounds say?
Would they speak of pain,
Endured along the way?
Of broken hearts left in my wake,
Of tears, prayers went up in vain?
If these cars could talk,
The monologue would be of sorrow!
Mistakes of...

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Sebastian Award

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...

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A Friend Of Mine

A Friend of Mine

A friend of mind will freely spend time without feeling timed or like she’s doing time at any time

A friend of mine will stimulate my mind while allowing hers to mined

A friend of mine gives me her best and loves the best of me

A friend of mine...

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Pablo Maldonado #1000900002

Do not fear that I shall hurt your feelings, disappoint you or even break your heart. What I promise is nothing more than everything I am now and everything I will be with you. All I want is to make ready every wonder of your thoughts, cast ourselves into the whirl of endless possibilities in...

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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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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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