Dear America

By IS

I’m writing you today, a lost voice from prison
Lost and confused about this country we live in
And the people that’s in it
How do you claim to be united, when there’s so much division
So much division based on religion
Based on our culture, our sex, and our pigment
Oh America, how could you be so selfish and ignorant?
To allow a man of this nature, guide us with ignorance
On a path to destruction, I pray for deliverance
For the colored, for the poor, for the Muslim and immigrant
Oh America, Oh America, you have shown your colors
How many years in your country will my people suffer?
I shed tears for my brothers, my sisters and mothers
The words that you utter have exploited your cover
You America, have proven racism still exists
The leaders of your nation consist of white supremacists
There are those who follow them and those who are against
A war within your people, your country’s at risk
I fear for you America, but I pray that I am wrong
Sincerely, yours truly, I—– S—–.

Untitled (I Wake)

By LC

I wake
to the sun rising in the East
the rays burning my eyes
as I shake off the sleep

My first vision is bars
before a screen and a half open window
beyond that is cages
a gun tower and twenty foot wall

Then I see something else, everyday
that should give hope to all
High upon a pole. It waves at me
Sometimes to the East, sometimes to the West

Surrounded by blue skies and white clouds
Both symbols of freedom
Both symbols of life
Today I feel neither, tomorrow will be the same

I am of the world, but not in it
So I stare out the window and wonder, WHEN
When will I live my life in this manner
Of life, of liberty and the pursuit of happiness

WHEN, I ponder as I look at the star spangled banner

America

By AG

The story of freedom always was a work of art
A picture perfect dream that melted my heart,
We defeated the odds
We as a nation seen our first black president
In the land of the free, and I’m proud to be a resident
Everlasting victory, we made classic history
But as of Nov. 2016 we are now back in misery
Man, I ask God to turn this demonic night back to day
open our eyes and see things His way
We all are blinded by our own desires
And the hate is spreading burning like wildfires
Is this the ugly future we want our kids to face
Grow up and be mistreated, because of their race
This is a disgrace, we all should be ashamed
Democrats, and Republicans we all are the blame
This campaign was the spark to the flame
I hope this poem becomes the reader novocaine
It’s time to wake up before it’s too late to make up
Hate to see my country so divided, one track minded
selfish, secluded, and confined.
Without compassion, and empathy as our sight
We will remain channeled, static and black and white
America the great, a beautiful democracy
has flip to hate and hypocrisy
One Election set off the detection
of constant oppression, race neglection
Religion rejection, to separation
immigration, kids scared of deportation
Damn, we all need reflection, a lil’ god meditation
Because prayer is the only medication
to the hurtful situation
God bless America

Perceive

By RD

I am one who has been judged unfit to live in society
Locked away to serve so-called justice to so-called crimes.
They say I am unfit yet I twine my ink with tears forming every line
It truly saddens me to see the country in such division
Hatred and violence, can anyone see – does anyone share a broader vision?
We are spiraling down a rabbit hole that leads to naught but destruction.
Can anyone realize what all this hate lead to – does anyone see the repercussions?
Its like a cancer greedily eating away at this country
Home by home, community by community, city by city, state by state
We are being consumed by this hate – and it saddens me.
It brings tears to my eyes to watch kids at school chant racist remarks
Is this where we are going back to – is this when the was will once again start?
A war that has consumed so much blood, sweat, and tears
A war that left so many in their homes after dark – cowering from their fears
Is this where we are going? If so it saddens me – me who has been labeled unfit for society
Me who see the beauty of life and country – helplessly watching this smog of hate smother us causing the world so much anxiety.
It saddens me and I weep – weep at the blind hate, racism, and violence that plague this country like a medical patient
It saddens me so I weep – weep at the crumbling of a beautiful nation

Amenaza a la Sociedad / Threat to Society

Por Y.A.

El gobierno dice que soy una amenaza

Pero quisiera saber lo que por sus mentes pasa

¿Por qué me quieren encarcelar para siempre sin volver a casa?

Cuando nadie es perfecto y todos hemos pecado

Cuando todos en nuestros años de juventud malas decisiones hemos tomado

¿Por qué me juzgan con mentiras y falsas acusaciones?

O trayendo a mi alma muchas aflicciones

¿Por qué 3 o 4 personas son la comunidad que busca mi vida en un tribunal,

Pero 30 o 40 veces en número de personas son las que quieren mi libertad.

Porque en sus mentes solo me quieren devorar como un león

Urgente devora a su presa sin dare oportunidad,

En el país de las oportunidades ¿dónde está mi oportunidad?

Para demostrar que muchas cosas han cambiado en mi vida.

Si ustedes son los buenos de la película como lo demuestran;

Desterrando a las personas para siempre en una prisión?

O dejando a una madre sin su hijo cuando más lo necesita

O a un niño o niña sin padre para que siga el mismo ciclo de busca de amor en las calles?

Es verdad que cada quién paga por sus errores y necesita corrección

Pero por qué no se dan cuenta cuando la persona ha dejado

Que la corrección haya tocado su vida

Y que no es necesario que su vida termine en una cárcel.

Entonces dónde están las oportunidades?

Pero llegará un día cuando todos estemos delante del trono blanco

Y necesitemos una oportunidad y a los que dieron oportunidades se les dara oportunidad

Pero a los que las negaron se les negara.

Por eso es una muy buena opción hacer con los hombres como quisieramos que hicieran con nosotros.

Estoy seguro que la comunidad me necesita más que la prisión

Y que la única amenaza que puedo representar es a sus trabajos

Porque mi misión es ayudar a nuestra juventud a salir de las calles.

Asi que tire la piedra contra mi él que de ustedes este limpio de errores

 

 

Threat to Society

By Y.A.

The government says that I’m a threat

But I’d like to know what goes through their minds

Why do they want to incarcerate me forever with no chance of going home?

When nobody is perfect and we all have sinned

When we have all made bad decisions in our youth

Why do they judge me with lies and false accusations?

Or leaving many afflictions on my soul

Why 3 or 4 people are the community that seeks my life in a tribunal, but 30 or 40 times that in number are the people who want my liberty.

Because in their minds they only want to devour me like a lion

Urgently devours its prey without giving it a chance,

In the land of opportunity, where is my opportunity?

To demonstrate that many things have changed in my life.

If you are the good ones in the movie as they say

Exiling the people to prison forever

Or leaving a mother without her son when she needs him the most

Or a boy or girl without their father so they continue the same cycle of looking for love in the streets

It’s true that everyone pays for their mistakes and needs correction

But why don’t they realize that when the person has stopped

The correction has touched their lives

And it’s not necessary for their life to end in jail.

So where are the opportunities?

But a day will come when all of us are in front of the white throne

And we need an opportunity and those who give opportunities will get an opportunity

But those who refuse them will be refused

For that it’s a good option to do unto others as we wish them to do unto us

I’m sure that the community needs me more than the prison

And that the only threat I can represent is to their jobs

Because my mission is to help youth get out of the streets.

So he among you who is clean of mistakes may cast a stone against me.