Everything has a title

even Title 16’s

They throw you in a cell

and a number is your name

And they will throw you in da hole

to make you forget everything

No clothes, no bed, not even underwear

It’s dark and dirty with rats everywhere

All I write about is being locked up

cuz all I think about is getting da f***


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  1. Kavita on June 30, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Brings horrific pictures to mind… A very powerful poem with strong emotions and intense feeling!
    Very well written!!!

  2. Sasha on April 13, 2018 at 1:15 PM

    intense i hope i never go to prison, i agree with kavita, this is a very well written piece that really has meaning about how you feel about your situation

  3. Crystal on December 6, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Even in the darkest times, be your own light.

  4. Patrick on February 19, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    This is an extremely powerful poem and it has such real emotions. Thank you for taking the time to share your work with me and keep writing!

  5. Billie Marcheva on August 2, 2020 at 11:16 PM

    Your poetry screams about the gruesomeness of the current situation; it’s palpable. There is so much intensely wrong with both the legal systems that decide who gets what fate and with the prisons themselves and how people are treated within them. I recognize your frustration and I want you to know it’s completely valid and that I feel you deserve better.

    Thank you for sharing your poetry.

  6. armani739 on September 10, 2020 at 12:59 AM

    Great poem, by this time I’m hoping times have gotten easier for you!

    The writing is raw and extremely emotional. The details are captivating and through your writing I can see the situation. Wishing you nothing but the best.


  7. Dyemone on October 20, 2020 at 12:25 PM

    I can feel the frustration that you have. I hope things get better for you. Always have hope, never give up. I hope you continue to write in the future.

    • Henry on May 9, 2022 at 3:12 PM

      Very simple, but it gets the point across. Thank you for sharing.

  8. kiana on October 30, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    The imagery and the emotion in this poem are so rich and powerful. Being vulnerable in these poems takes so much self-awareness and reflection. Please keep writing and stay strong!

  9. Preeti on November 11, 2020 at 3:31 PM

    You do an excellent job of portraying what your experience is like. I think you also do a good job in showing the need for reform. This is what people need to read/see for action to take place, for change to occur.

  10. kassidilenae on November 17, 2020 at 11:13 AM

    Thank you for sharing this with us! I can only imagine what you have been through. Keep using your voice to spread awareness. You are heard and you are capable! Keep writing!


  11. Samantha on January 30, 2021 at 7:45 PM

    To the author of “Titles”,

    This was powerful. Man, did I get chills. This really illuminates the atrocities of our prison systems, and the inhumane ways in which people are treated. Thank you for approaching such a needed topic, and I hope this will spark the necessary conversations around prison reform!



  12. Courtney on February 23, 2021 at 12:28 AM

    Great poem! I love the concept of “titles” surrounding this. Keep up the great work!

  13. Leenda on February 25, 2021 at 10:44 PM

    I think that this brings awareness to a lot of issues in the system. I think titles are everywhere in our society and prison does not give enough to treat people like human. It so dehumanizing when you are reduced to a number but a number can also be a title. I like how I can sense the anger and injustice in the language. I hope things get better for the future.

  14. BF on April 12, 2021 at 4:39 PM

    Dear “Titles” author,
    I love this poem. This poem has much depth and passion in it. The realness in the poem made it such a good poem. Thank you for sharing your realness with us.I appreciate the depth of the poem and the flow.

  15. Zach on April 26, 2022 at 5:09 PM

    This is a real interpretation about what it’s like on the inside. I got chills from this.

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