If

By JMA

If prisons
Lease our liberty

If seas
Rent our shores

If silence
Hustles penny songs

If power
Purchases helplessness

Then into this world
I step renewed

To float unbound
Cocooned in pleasure, in pain

Not yet spent
Comprehend, contained

A desperate paradigm
Unknown, unborn, untainted

If this time
I can love myself enough to live

My Life Is Like…

By CM

My life is like a chair with no legs
Or equal to a body with no head
Crying baby just wants to be fed
Go ahead, Slim, and jump off that edge
Ever tried walking on raw eggs?
It’s like living in your bedroom with no bed
Or waking up and your whole family is dead
That’s the moment we all dread
You didn’t care when you was serving that basehead
Just think about your life and what really lies ahead

My Cell

By DH

It’s in my blood, the trait of the drug
Sickled wit love for a cause that causes y’all laws
To disease young souljas 
I’m trapped in this nightmare and praying for closure
But then I see nightfall 
Then my environment slowly breathes quiet 
And dark thoughts in my mind coldly creep quiet
I’m replaying the scenes that generations have seen
A past unshorn, while my father’s genes
Fit his boy like compression
Oppression of my bloodline before the Great Depression
My blood cells got invaded by their cancers 
Genetically I’m strapped though, like Baking Soda’s Arm & Hammer
This virus…which provokes mental breakdown 
But rules been that if you get down you stay down 
That’s why I got up with the sunrise 
And pretty soon I’ll be walking across the gun line 
The gun line boss…you tried to lock me in that cell for life
It’s in my blood and my cells gon’ fight 
The hell in my cell 

Hope

By FM sister AN

I hope I grow up one day
I hope I live to see 90+
I hope the anger in me goes away
I hope I don’t just give up

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Loving with Free Minds

By CM

When I let my mind wander
There’s no telling where I will go
From loving you on the beaches
To loving you in the snow
But I‘m loving you all the time
It’s imperative that you know!

You’ve been loving me through this jail
In your letters your love shows
But our loving’s becoming stale
And I’m hoping that we can grow

So just let your mind wander
In remembrance of me
With thoughts of what we were
And what we still can be
I’m hoping that you remain
The same until I’m free
And able to turn all those aspirations
Into reality

Then we can look back on these days and wonder
How our life would be
If we didn’t let our minds wander