incarceration

Through the Struggle

By MM You see that I am locked up You see that I have a charge But you don’t know me You would know me if… You took time to talk to me to find out how intelligent I am You knew how hard it was to grow up and be me You knew how…

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A Prisoner’s Wince

By AR While I’m here, enslaved against my own will, as is only punishable by law and remains… Surely, we sacrifice our freedom in search of financial gain, notoriety, fame. To leave ourselves vulnerable to what is determined Justice by the powers that reign… Wincing at the recollection of past acquaintances and associates That in…

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On the Same Page: Coping with a Parent in Prison

Free Minds frequently holds “On the Same Page” events, in which members who have completed their sentences and returned to society – our Poet Ambassadors – share their writing and their stories of personal growth and positive change with the community to prevent violence and demonstrate the power of reading and writing to transcend challenges.…

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Me + You + Jail

By IS I remember those days we used to kick it after dark Kissin’ your neck, my head laid on your heart Neva thought dat love could ever be split apart Guess I was wrong cuz dis shyt is just the start I’m realizing that fantasizing is timeless Living in this cell My only comfort…

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Purple & Gold Passion

By DW Purple and gold skies Magnificent As my heart yearns for more I close my eyes Collect my thoughts Think about my passion for living Am I living? Through several windows And fences I see Purple and gold skies My passion

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