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Old 05-02-2012, 09:44 PM
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I was putting away some textbooks my son had recently released from property, and pulled out some papers that were stuck inside. This poem was there, and even though we visit every weekend, and talk a lot, this gave me a new insight into his world.

Peace, quiet, serenity, prison
memories of freedom, so nostalgic
so vibrant, so dear
knowing the end of the road
so helpless, enslaved, confined
humiliated, misunderstood, looked down upon
a menace to society.

An isolated event, years of isolation
no control, no more freedom
memories fading into the past.

Chain link, razor wire, concrete, steel
all helplessly molded together
gun towers,
corruption reigns,

fakes, liars, deceivers, wanna-be's
convicts, imnates, officers
life, liberty, pursuit of happiness
no more.

Life as I see it
It doesn't matter, obey orders, do what I'm told
submit to them, make a fool of yourself
swallow your pride,
You're worthless, you will never succeed
you have no rights,

excessive force, unnecessary violence
the untold truth, the propaganda
the lies

Seeing the end, getting closer
changed,
it might get farther

mail call, telephone,
friends, family, lovers
The only option is success, achieving it,
knowlege, wisdom, intelligence,
honor, integrity

Moral values,
living by them, understanding them, teaching them
Image is everything, walk without fear

Predators are strong
fast, witty, assertive, they are leaders
Prey are weak
unsure, uncertain, timid, scared, nervous,
they are submissive out of fear
they lack understanding
they are unable to handle themselves

The heart of a lion
the courage of a soldier on the front lines
the responsibility
the ability to stand your ground
that is the key to success behind the wire
that is the road to failure for so many

Experience
years of tribulation, years of grief
the court room still vivid
the judge, the prosecutor, the bailiff
mom, dad, friends, more family
tears, sobs, shuffling feet,
chairs creaking as people shift their weight

I've been classified
dangerous, flight risk, uncontrollable
the system knows me better than I know myself
they caught the murderer

mistakes, accidents, over-reacting, unintentional
survival, human instincts
neglect
remorse

On this road for three hard miles
bumpy ride, no turns, no control
Still ten miles from home
stick to the basics
they will not fail me, respect
failure is not an option
recidivism is not an option
standards must remain
focus
learn

Control your mind, its all you have left
your body is a tool for the system
they work it for their gain, they feed it
they nourish it, they house it,
Any they continue to extort your body
just as a slave master cracks his whip and pushes them
to the apex
hands on experience is the only way
to understand this life
this corruption, the monotony of prison
the perpetual growth of an obsolete system,
it doesn't work.

Money,
drugs, crime, legal, illegal, business, gambling
prisons, jails, courts, probation, parole
all generate money
the reason for crime
the reason for justice
the realization that a printing press is the creator of evil
evil that is accepted as a neccessity

Life
comes, goes,
neverending cycle of tragedy and triumph
that moves with passionate grace
birth, death, health, illness, joy, sorrow
regret
nursery, pre-k, elementary, middle, high,
college, work, retirement, assisted living,
death

A perpetual force greater than the human brain can grasp,
impossible to imagine the vastness of
the cosmos in which we live in
and die in, and yet the continuance
of menial tasks of which we call
day to day life

The effects of the mind controlling the body,
guiding the pen,
forming symbols understood by the masses as words,
to be read, understood,
interpreted as the thought process of the incarcerated,
looking back at the past,
guessing the future,
living the now.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:05 PM
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WOW.....that is really good.....intense!!! I FEEL it. He has a strong mind.....and HOPE for the future! I think it is wonderful that he can set his life and insight to words so well.
Thanks for sharing that with us.....
Keeping you both in my prayers,
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:10 PM
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I was putting away some textbooks my son had recently released from property, and pulled out some papers that were stuck inside. This poem was there, and even though we visit every weekend, and talk a lot, this gave me a new insight into his world.

Peace, quiet, serenity, prison
memories of freedom, so nostalgic
so vibrant, so dear
knowing the end of the road
so helpless, enslaved, confined
humiliated, misunderstood, looked down upon
a menace to society.

An isolated event, years of isolation
no control, no more freedom
memories fading into the past.

Chain link, razor wire, concrete, steel
all helplessly molded together
gun towers,
corruption reigns,

fakes, liars, deceivers, wanna-be's
convicts, imnates, officers
life, liberty, pursuit of happiness
no more.

Life as I see it
It doesn't matter, obey orders, do what I'm told
submit to them, make a fool of yourself
swallow your pride,
You're worthless, you will never succeed
you have no rights,

excessive force, unnecessary violence
the untold truth, the propaganda
the lies

Seeing the end, getting closer
changed,
it might get farther

mail call, telephone,
friends, family, lovers
The only option is success, achieving it,
knowlege, wisdom, intelligence,
honor, integrity

Moral values,
living by them, understanding them, teaching them
Image is everything, walk without fear

Predators are strong
fast, witty, assertive, they are leaders
Prey are weak
unsure, uncertain, timid, scared, nervous,
they are submissive out of fear
they lack understanding
they are unable to handle themselves

The heart of a lion
the courage of a soldier on the front lines
the responsibility
the ability to stand your ground
that is the key to success behind the wire
that is the road to failure for so many

Experience
years of tribulation, years of grief
the court room still vivid
the judge, the prosecutor, the bailiff
mom, dad, friends, more family
tears, sobs, shuffling feet,
chairs creaking as people shift their weight

I've been classified
dangerous, flight risk, uncontrollable
the system knows me better than I know myself
they caught the murderer

mistakes, accidents, over-reacting, unintentional
survival, human instincts
neglect
remorse

On this road for three hard miles
bumpy ride, no turns, no control
Still ten miles from home
stick to the basics
they will not fail me, respect
failure is not an option
recidivism is not an option
standards must remain
focus
learn

Control your mind, its all you have left
your body is a tool for the system
they work it for their gain, they feed it
they nourish it, they house it,
Any they continue to extort your body
just as a slave master cracks his whip and pushes them
to the apex
hands on experience is the only way
to understand this life
this corruption, the monotony of prison
the perpetual growth of an obsolete system,
it doesn't work.

Money,
drugs, crime, legal, illegal, business, gambling
prisons, jails, courts, probation, parole
all generate money
the reason for crime
the reason for justice
the realization that a printing press is the creator of evil
evil that is accepted as a neccessity

Life
comes, goes,
neverending cycle of tragedy and triumph
that moves with passionate grace
birth, death, health, illness, joy, sorrow
regret
nursery, pre-k, elementary, middle, high,
college, work, retirement, assisted living,
death

A perpetual force greater than the human brain can grasp,
impossible to imagine the vastness of
the cosmos in which we live in
and die in, and yet the continuance
of menial tasks of which we call
day to day life

The effects of the mind controlling the body,
guiding the pen,
forming symbols understood by the masses as words,
to be read, understood,
interpreted as the thought process of the incarcerated,
looking back at the past,
guessing the future,
living the now.
Your son seems like an intelligent person. We are new at this, with my son being in prison in Louisiana for three months now. I know that a lot of people say this, but he is innocent. He was either set up, (possibly) railroaded (definitely) and/or handed the Feds, through the DA, a political football, on a silver platter! Too bad, so sad, and his life is....gone. Poof! He's too old, 44, to ever recover any of his old life, and the new reality, whenever he is possibly released...a long time from now, will cripple his ability to ever live a normal life again.

I believe, by what I've read on different threads, that we, as parents, just may have the hardest row to hoe.

Ricks Mom
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:08 PM
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Thanks, 1bird2. I FELT it when I read it, too. I haven't been on the forum in a while, but when I read his poem, my first thought was....I have to share this

Rick's Mom, sorry about your son. We do have a tough row to hoe, but I believe theirs is harder. At the end of visitation, we go out to our freedom, and he goes back behind the razor wire.

This is a song I have listened to countless times, and sent the words to my son more than once.

Kutless - What Faith Can Do

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what an amazing testimony! your son will survive all of it as long as he keeps those thoughts in his heart - he certainly sees the truth of the situation but his faith is shining bright - thank you so much for sharing - you and your son will be in my prayers as he continues on his journey -

love that song too - that's one i haven't sent to my son yet - gonna do it today!!
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Very expressive! Thanks for sharing with us.
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Wow. Best one I've read yet!

Your son is a smart man.
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Wow. Best one I've read yet!

Your son is a smart man.
Thanks! I'm proud of him He's only 22, and been in three years. He got in trouble two days before settling into his college dorm, but is taking distance courses from LSU now. I would love to find a way to further his interest in writing.
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wow!!! that's awesome, he has a knack for writing poetry. i could feel and see him sitting in there thinking all of that...just amazing!
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This really gave me a deeper understanding of what they feel inside.
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This really gave me a deeper understanding of what they feel inside.
That's exactly why I felt the need to share
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Thanks! I'm proud of him He's only 22, and been in three years. He got in trouble two days before settling into his college dorm, but is taking distance courses from LSU now. I would love to find a way to further his interest in writing.
I don't know what he did to put him in there, but it's so nice to read that regardless of the circumstances, you are still a proud Mommy and are so supportive. He's lucky to have you. I hope he keeps a clear mind while doing his time. I hope he comes home one day as bright as he sounds on paper.
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