Poem: “Don’t Give Up”

Don’t Give Up

I have come so far
There is so much I have seen
There is much more I want to see
But my incarceration tortures me
I keep my minds on books
That’s what keeps me free
I’m a free man in my thoughts
My body is stuck behind this cell.


  1. Jingle on August 25, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    encouraging words.

  2. armani739 on September 14, 2020 at 11:12 PM


    The writing here was great! As someone who has never been imprisoned, your words make me more grateful of my situation. It is very unique that you separate your physical presence from your mental presence. Being physically boxed in versus mentally is a huge difference to your perseverance. I wish you well!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. armani739 on September 29, 2020 at 4:41 PM

    Don’t give up,

    This poem is encouraging for people imprisoned all over and those who feel mentally imprisoned as well. I’ve always been taught that mental freedom and happiness is the key to a great life. Although you are imprisoned, you don’t necessarily feel incapable because your mind allows you to imagine. That’s encouraging to read and I wish you the best!

    Thanks for sharing..

  4. luciana on October 18, 2020 at 4:33 PM

    I was really touched by what you wrote. It is so nice to read that you are staying strong through this hardship. Keep fighting

  5. Trish on October 19, 2020 at 6:14 PM

    I really like this poem because it is raw and gives the reader a picture of what you are thinking and experiencing. It is beautiful that despite feeling your body is stuck, your mind and thoughts are free. Your poem left me wanting to hear more. Very beautifully written, keep writing!

  6. kassidilenae on November 17, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    I love the perspective you present in this poem! I completely agree that you have so much to offer the world. It is hard when we can’t surpass our physical limitations, yet our minds crave more. Keep reading and writing! Your thoughts and words are powerful; use them!


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