Stuck In My Ways


I was just stuck in my ways for a minute
I was lost trying to find my way with God, I was sinning
Now I’m trying to make it off my music independent
I ain’t taking no handouts so please don’t be offended
Different thoughts started to go through my mind I started to see the bigger picture
Why not tell my story if that can be the reason I get richer
Calculate my moves since baby always been that figure
Different mindset than others I’m moving on a different level
I know I’ma be something in the industry thinking about my first chain and bezel
It took a while before I started to see a light in this tunnel
So I pick up on a lesson, be cordial and remain humble
Running through different obstacles trying not to fall or fumble
Got to move like a Spirit around the temptation and start doing things elite
Like skipping different states traveling the world in the telly Presidential Suites
So I’ma stay focused and play for keeps
So I can see life with a wealthy point of view and never be cheap

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  1. FO on March 29, 2023 at 8:49 PM

    I’m so glad you are able to have some higher power to look up to during this time in your life. I think it’s really important to have something like that in order to keep yourself accountable and on track for success. Seeing the “light in the tunnel” is something that is really hard for a lot of people to do, so the fact that you have seen that is really important. Keep looking up, you got this!

  2. Emily on March 30, 2023 at 9:59 AM

    This poem was really good. I liked the way that you talked about being stuck in one place but always trying to find a way out.

  3. Nate on March 30, 2023 at 3:14 PM

    I really like this poem. It tells a whole story in just a few lines and shows the way your life got better.

  4. TM on March 30, 2023 at 11:52 PM

    To AC- This is a very relatable poem, it’s all about being stuck in your ways and I totally get where you’re coming from. Many people get stuck in their ways and comfortable with their ways as well. You were also able to subtly add in rhyming throughout your poem. Being able to realize that you are stuck in your ways and are willing to change that can be beneficial in your life. In your poem, you talk about so many great things that you look forward to in your future. When you have ideas for your future, you’re that much closer to achieving them. Just like you said at the end of your poem “stay focused,” because once you do you can get to your goals and never be stuck in your ways ever again. Great poem, keep sharing!

  5. Denise on March 31, 2023 at 9:29 PM

    What a powerful word. You have written such a hopeful piece here. I love your idea of “traveling the world in the telly Presidential Suites” and this is a great goal: “So I’ma stay focused and play for keeps” Your rhyming is good, and I can hear a rapper performing your poem.

  6. Dulce on April 1, 2023 at 11:03 PM

    Hello AC, finding the passion and determination to go forward is sometimes the hardest part of the process. Reading your words remind me to continue on. Thank you for sharing. Keep working hard and know that you are loved and your work is appreciated.

  7. Gillian on April 2, 2023 at 2:53 PM

    Hi AC, I really like the rhythm that this had, and when I was reading this in my head it was like a song, and I even gave it a beat in my head without realizing it. I think that your writing is impeccable and your dreams and aspirations are something that is admirable. Keep writing and I can’t wait to hear more from you!

  8. Matthew Handley on April 2, 2023 at 10:31 PM

    I really enjoy this poem and that you have a clear goal in both your life and this message. I like how you’re able to recognize and ignore the temptations that life throws at you in order to get closer to your goal. Overall I feel that message of your poem is clear, and I find it to be an enjoyable read. It flows smoothly and the word choice is nicely descriptive. Keep up the great work and I hope you reach your goals!

  9. Colleen on April 3, 2023 at 8:57 AM

    It is rare that people can admit to their own mistakes, so this poem speaks volume. It shows the nature kind of person you are since you are admitting that what you did was wrong. I hope everything works out for you.

    • Melany on April 17, 2023 at 1:09 PM

      The conversation of a higher power and positivity in life is really admirable! I enjoyed reading your poem as it is something many people can probably relate to!

  10. Ellie on April 3, 2023 at 1:07 PM

    I like that this poem is about trying to be better and more helpful about the person who wrote it. I think that this poem is very effective to a person who would read it.

  11. Jocelyn Patterson on April 3, 2023 at 6:09 PM

    I enjoyed reading your poem. I find it interesting to see different view points and I like your line about traveling, I enjoy traveling as well. You sound like you are very motivated to get to your goal and I am sure if you keep this same mindset that you will get there.

  12. Barb Edler on April 4, 2023 at 6:02 PM

    AC, your poem radiates with positivity. I especially enjoyed the words you used to show your goals and desire to make money by becoming a musician and finding the way to the Spirit’s light! Your action verbs add so much to your poem like humble and fumble and doing things elite. The rhyme scheme also works well. The final few words “never be cheap” adds a lot of power! Good luck with your musical pursuits!

  13. Grace on April 4, 2023 at 11:11 PM

    Hi there!
    I really liked reading this poem. For me personally, it was extremely inspiring and relatable because it helped me to reflect on myself, and my own journey in life. There have been times where I’ve felt lost, and unsure of who I was. There have also definitely been times where I’ve gotten stuck in a mindset where I’ve felt that everything only happens to me, not that I’ve played a part in any of where I’ve ended up. This poem helped me to reflect on how far I’ve come and how far I’ve grown, because I’ve learned to take accountability and responsibility for who I am and for my actions. I’d like to thank you for that, first and foremost. I would like to say that it takes a big person, and a big mindset change, to become independent and realize that you have the capability to do anything you put your mind too. I think that it’s truly inspiring that you have taken such initiative to overcome adversities that you have faced, and that you want to prove to yourself that you can do everything and anything you want in life. I think that it’s so important that you mentioned staying focused even when the going gets tough, because when you work through the pain, when you put in the work, you eventually will see the results and thank yourself for it. I think that it’s great that you have such a confident, positive mindset and it’s really inspiring that you’re so sure of what you want to do and of your own abilities. A lot of people don’t realize what they can do, and I think this poem is a great example that even if you’re unsure, you are somebody and there’s something out there that you’ll be amazing at. Thank you so much for sharing, and I wish you all the best.

  14. KC on April 6, 2023 at 9:21 PM

    I really enjoyed your poem! I love the hope that you have, which is really inspiring. I also loved the rhyme scheme and could definitely hear the rhythm play out in my head. Truly have a talent! Very powerful message that I think more people should read!

  15. John on April 10, 2023 at 9:51 PM

    I love the way that you talked about being stuck in one place but always looking to find a way out. I also really like your different views on traveling. Just a few lines tells a whole story. Keep writing and making great poems for us to enjoy!

  16. Malcolm W on April 11, 2023 at 8:59 AM

    Although I haven’t had the experience of being incarcerated, I can relate to just feeling like I’m stuck in one place in my mind and could not escape. This poem is very inspirational to me because it is really expressive and touches a place in my heart. Thank you!

  17. Anna on April 11, 2023 at 8:56 PM

    This poetry was excellent. It illustrates how your life improved and delivers a complete tale in only a few sentences. The rhythm in this was fantastic. It moves along really smoothly. Keep your head up. You can do this!

  18. Yessica on April 13, 2023 at 3:54 AM

    As I read the poem I began to rap it in my head. I can see this being used as a motivational song. The ideal setting in my imagination was pushing through a hard workout. It’s relatable because being stuck in my ways might be different to yours but I still feel a sense of relatability. We all have our different struggles but have to push through the bad habits to obtain what we want for our big picture.

  19. Samoht on April 15, 2023 at 6:53 PM

    First, I appreciate the honesty and vulnerability in your words. Your poem speaks to the human experience of feeling lost and the determination to find a way forward. The repetition of “different” and “move” create a sense of urgency and a desire for change. The image of seeing the bigger picture and telling your story to become richer is compelling.

  20. IK on April 16, 2023 at 9:46 PM

    I really enjoyed reading your poem! I like how you mentioned the temptations of life being thrown your way and that you’ve kept moving in order to reach your goals and I hope you’re able to do so

  21. Jatan on April 16, 2023 at 10:27 PM

    I really enjoyed your poem! The reveal of your personal journey of growth and self-discovery through self-reflection on past mistakes and current aspirations was thoroughly inspiring. I particularly liked your use of rhyming couplets and a conversational tone. I felt as though it adds an authentic and relatable quality to the poem.

  22. Jatan on April 16, 2023 at 10:29 PM

    AC, your poem speaks to the challenges and triumphs of personal growth that come with pursuing success in the music industry. I felt that the themes of independence and humility are inspiring and show a deep sense of self-awareness!

  23. Shannon on April 16, 2023 at 10:35 PM

    I perceived this poem as being about finally breaking old habits and creating more opportunities for yourself by being more productive and goal focused. I think you did a good job of rhyming when it flowed nicely within the poem while still remaining casual and personal, having your personality show through the writing. I think it is important to remain optimistic and driven even when you feel stuck, which I felt you did a good job of portraying here.

  24. A. on April 16, 2023 at 11:10 PM

    The poem does a really good job of taking the reader through a transitional change of determination and finding one’s purpose through music. I love the motivating word choice used throughout the poem to carry the theme home.

  25. Amelia on April 17, 2023 at 8:51 PM

    I loved ready this story because it helped me to see how important it is to continue to have hope no matter what is happening in your life. I love the realism of the poem, when reading it I felt as if you were here with me telling me a story. Great job, I loved reading this and hope you continue to keep writing!

  26. Rose on April 25, 2023 at 11:17 PM

    Your poetry has a rhythm that shows your connection with music. Throughout you show your strength as you transcend your past and better your future. By allowing yourself to voice your future plan and how you will accomplish it, you speak it to manifest itself. Thank you for sharing your poetry!

  27. Alex on May 10, 2023 at 11:07 AM

    AC, this is a very powerful poem. I’m so glad that you have that hope in your life and the courage to break old habits. Your determination and self-awareness is inspiring.

  28. LP on May 10, 2023 at 11:23 AM

    This is a beautiful poem! It’s so hard to get out of old habits, especially if it’s all you know in order to get by. I can definitely relate to you when it comes to breaking these habits. Once we break these bad habits and start looking at life with a new perspective, is when it gets better. I am proud of you for doing just that, learning from your mistakes will take you further than someone who doesn’t. Keep writing ! you’re doing amazing!

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