Trust the Rusted Chains

By JA

Herringbones those were on me, my ignorant a** wanted big gold ropes
DNA slave mentality
15 handcuffs, 17 add shackles for a Lifetime
Airplanes, ankles and wrist pain, swollen rivers my blood thickens in my eye
I see George waiting patiently for me, why Soledad Brother?
Milk crates full of chains, ominous black boxes by us for us
Belly chains pulled tight in Lewisburg basement all night
Summertime lights on all night
On Henry Hill, man them crackers a tear you up
Hot pipes and gas that they’ll swear don’t exist
Stop fightin’, an inside joke, you been there, then u know
Rogers, he the worst of the bunch
BANG! Rip up your family pictures etc.
From it he gets so much pleasure
3 minute shower in a cage
Fools rappin’ all day, 3 in the mornin’ monkey play
What would George say …about them planting razors when they shake you down
Because police got killed in D town
Day one, phase one. we call it
You know if you been there to Henry Hill
The Big House, where they throw everything important away
And lie on they mama with a straight face
Throw you downstairs when they feel like it
In E block the early smell coming up from the laundry is the only thing that calmed me
At night, I chased stars like the way when we was little with cars
B block cells so lil’ with big bugs, gas on all the books
Lay on the floor at night to breathe, dreams with the bugs
Feeding the birds in my window, wishing I too could fly
I do that a lot
If you been to Henry Hill then u know how I feel about chains

Comments

  1. Your poem is insightful and articulated in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat. I appreciate your transparency. You transported me to a place I’ve never been before. You made me think. You taught me new things. Keep doing what you’re doing. You’ve got people listening!

  2. Dear JA,

    This was such an interesting poem, almost like song lyrics or a rap. It has such a unique rhythm. You are so talented. There is such powerful imagery in this poem. I’m don’t think I can understand the story since I haven’t experienced it, but the reader is able to tell that you are remembering a vivid experience and conveying strong feelings and emotions. Thank you for being honest and vulnerable. Amazing work!

    Sincerely,
    Joyce

  3. I like the way you share so many different vivid images. It really paints a picture of the experience and the people, smells, and sounds. And then I like how the speaker only describes what is going on, but also shares how they feel about it. I was especially drawn to the lines “In E block the early smell coming up from the laundry is the only thing that calmed me,” “Lay on the floor at night to breathe, dreams with the bugs/ Feeding the birds in my window, wishing I too could fly,” and “If you been to Henry Hill then u know how I feel about chains” There are so many really interesting details in this poem. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Hey JA,

    Thanks for sharing your poetry. I got the inside joke. After you mention it, I did hear that more than I realized. Keep your head up and I hope that you keep writing.

    God bless,

    Johnny

  5. Hi JA!
    I really enjoyed reading your poem! The emotions were raw and I could truly feel the experience and vast array of emotions that you were trying to convey in your poem. Your wonderful use of descriptive language and imagery kept me hooked the entire time! Keep up the great work!

  6. Great work! My favorite line of the piece was “At night, I chased stars like the way when we was little with cars.” Keep up the great writing!!

  7. Gabrielle Cascio says

    Hi JA,

    Thank you so much for sharing this poem. Your word choices are incredibly descriptive and vivid. My favorite line is: “At night, I chased stars like the way when we was little with cars”; I love the rhyme and the image it provokes! I hope to read more of your work in the future!

    Best,
    Gabrielle

  8. JA,

    You have such powerful imagery here. You’re writing has a great flow, and because of that, I felt like I was at the edge of my seat, wanting to read more. I am very privileged in that I have not experienced what you have experienced, but I want to thank you for opening up about your experiences and struggle—I think this will make you even stronger. I’m excited to read more of your work! Keep on writing!

    -Cameron

  9. JA,

    Thank you for sharing your writing. This poem really drew me in and made me want to keep reading. I appreciated all the imagery and emotions. Keep writing!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.