Path

Where would I be
If we never met?
Dead, prison, or stuck in the projects
Living life with no regrets
Always had money on my mind
But now I'm plotting to invest
Stocks and bonds
Shout out to my teacher
You're the f*&($& best
You stand out from the rest
Pushed me to the limit
I'm ready to excel ahead
Off to a greener pasture
Happily ever after
From the beginning
I drowned in the laughter
Ha Ha Ha
Look at me now
Can't see me
Moving like Casper
About to haunt all of you
That looked past me
Back in the day
I had to resort
to the Ski Mask Way
Did a couple stints
Now I'm setting my path straight
Hopefully I can be
an influence or reminder
Whatever the damn case
Anyway before I get sidetracked
Got to continue laying my pathway

-Inmate 030 

Blur

When someone you love,
Passes away,
It puts you in
A horrible place.
Mind gets clouded,
Things are a blur.
Your future's still bright,
Don't feel discouraged,
Their forever by your side.
Always in your heart,
Do everything in your power,
Not to fall apart.

-Inmate 030

Tales

I'm far from a tale of Fortune and Glory
I need you by my side to continue my story
Waiting for the day, anticipating my release
So I can hold you and call you my Queen

-Inmate 030

New Way

Sitting in the dark
Waiting for my day
Anticipating my release
Trying to find a new way
Using all the things
I learned in the past
Hustling each and every day
Showing the naysayers
That I won't let my gift go to waste
Making of a story
Beginning with some glory
Pouring up some Hennessy
Smiling with my homies
Leaving all my worries behind
The rest is for another time

-Inmate 030
 

My...

My Life, My Life, My Life
Behind these solid doors
Things will not change
It's a revolving door
Don't know why I put myself through this
When I already know what's in store
I have to put the pain and grief behind me
Along with all the other things I endured before
It's time to take some strikes
Towards a better life
I want a lot of things and more
But here's two that I would adore
I imagine a beautiful wife
And living with no strife
My Life, My Life, My Life

-Inmate 030

You Said

You said
You don't know what has gotten into me
Well...Maybe it was you
I used to be so in love with you
Now all I feel is blue
All I ever asked
Was for you to keep it true
Now you're gone with the wind
And I'm starting over without you

-Inmate 030

 

Relaxing

It's been a good day
Relaxing
Thinking about my future
With my soulmate
Who would have thought
You could have pulled me
Out of this horrible dark place
I was trapped in
Couldn't have imagined
Nor have I experienced
The feelings I have felt
From the moment
I looked in your eyes
You make my heart melt

-Inmate 030

Puzzle

You're a problem
Sudoku Puzzle
Don't really like em' 
But you would have never thought that
Whenever you come around
I got this problem
St..St...Stutter
Oh shit, I lost my focus
Time to get it together
Start making progress
I want you in my life
Don't know if you noticed
Just be patient
While I try to solve this puzzle

-Inmate 030

Breath

In my heart
I feel
My breath.
You steal
My dreams at play
When my name
You say...

All the demons inside me
Are quickly tame
My love for you
Will always remain

-Inmate 030

The Game I Play

Let me tell you about a game I play,
Where I close my eyes and fade away.
I float to a special place,
Beyond the stars and the moon and space.
In this special place you see,
There are only 2 people, you and me.
In this place all is right,
Nothing but love, we never fight.
In this place there is no sadness,
No cells, no courts, none of that madness.
No rules to follow, no laws to break.
No bars to hold us or separate.
No one to tell us we can’t kiss,
Or out.
I don’t just tell you,
I love you, I show you how much.
But eventually the game must end,
My eyes must open and reality sets in.
But some day soon, I’m not sure when,
I will close my eyes and play my game again. 

-Inmate 550

So Much

I’ve got so much love to give, 
And no one to give it to.
So I’m writing it down here,
In hopes that I find you.
Someone I can trust in, 
Someone I can hold,
And eventually grow old. 
Someone who will remember, 
Everything that’s special to me.
Someone I can count on, 
When I’m finally set free,
So I can hold onto this fantasy. 
This sort of waking dream, 
Where everything I wanted, 
Is exactly what it seems. 
I’ve got so much love to give, 
And I’ll lavish it all on you.
I am writing this poem, 
So you see that it is true. 
No more lovely nights, 
just because of what I do. 
I am writing to myself,
but always thinking of you.

-Inmate 550

The Mystery of History

They say yesterday is history,
Tomorrow's but a mystery
Today's the only day that really counts

But if we forget the past, 
We are destined to repeat it.
So forgiveness is to what it all amounts.

If we learn from our mistakes
And try to change our ways, 
We'll change what's deep within our heart.

Learn to love your neighbour,
Even if they are a hater,
Today would be a better day to start. 

Just go out every morning, 
Look up towards the sky,
And feast your eyes upon the rising sun.

Hold on to your history,
Our future is a mystery,
But another brand new day has just begun.

-Inmate S1

Painfully Familiar

It hurts to be with you.
When I'm alone, I'm not afraid, 
I'm afraid to be alone. 
It hurts when you're near me,
don't take away my pain.
There's no longer any colour,
just empty shades of grey.
Please don't let me love you,
my love for you is pain.
I'll just wait right here,
for you to go away.
But don't leave me here alone,
don't take away my pain. 
Leave me when you're gone,
just don't go away. 
Alone I'll be without you,
naked and afraid. 
It's painfully familiar,
so don't take away my pain.
I'll love you when you leave, 
or even if you stay.
My heart's been used, I'm confused
and alone with all this pain. 

-Inmate S1

Hair

You cut my long hair
Because you think that it's queer
Is it so easy to hate? 
When your heart's full of fear?

You hit me and beat me
With THAT book in your hand
Is it so easy to hate?
What you don't understand? 

When you rape and you kill
You don't think that it's odd
Is it so easy to hate?
Those who don't know THY God?

Your ways are not mine
So you do what you can
Is it so easy to Hate?
When it's a much lesser man?

To you nothing is sacred
It's all just water and bush
Is it so easy to hate?
Because you're ZHAUNAGUSH

-Inmate S1 - Secret Path Reflection

Topic: Write a letter to your daughter

Dear B, 
               I want you to continue focusing on your education and being the best person you can be, not for me but for yourself. As your father, it is essential to me that I show you all the right things in life and practice being the best role model for your existing surroundings. Remembering myself as a youth growing up, it's easy to see the things I missed out on. So, it is my duty as your father to guide you in life and help prepare for your future to become the most successful woman you can be. It's in my interest to be devoted and supportive towards you in anything you are trying to accomplish for your goals. Being the best father to my daughter is my desire. Growing up as a youth with my brothers and sisters, we had no father in our household to help us grow. So I am going to do my best to make sure you avoid what I went through during my life, on what I missed out on and what I could have accomplished. No matter what, I am always going to be by your side and be the parent that always encourages you to do good even if things aren't so good. Keep faith and think big because your imagination can be real if you work hard for it. 

Sincerely, 
Dad

-Inmate 327

Topic: How do you want to impact the world positively?

As my imagination expands, I've always wanted to have the opportunity to demonstrate how to impact the world positively. Speaking to youth in communities about being a positive role model for each other would help shape a brighter future and better results. Teaching knowledge and wisdom to youth in the world would lead to less disaster and better choices in life being made frequently. Sharing my life stories form bad to good would relate to others and it would give a visual on how to make certain decisions on life and help avoid things that aren't called for. In the near future it would be helpful to go around and have group meetings with youth in various communities around the world, work on life skills and practice on becoming someone successful in the world. 

-Inmate 327

Thinker

I was thinking...I'm a thinker
and I'm happy to be such a thinker. 
For there are people
who do not think...
I am not one of those people...
Soon enough
I'll get paid to think, 
and my thoughts would become a commodity
Serious! I think I'll form a think tank...
So I could reel in the benefits due to thinking

I think not only for myself
but for the whole Universe...

Well, at least I think so...

-Inmate 016

20.02.17

It was once said,
that it not only takes a family
but it takes a tribe to raise a child. 
Now within this age,
I believe that it takes the world to mend a heart
that has been part of a body that was incarcerated! 

-Inmate 016

 

Gaia

The great consciousness is the real shift in humanity
End the flames of intolerance
for political and economic purposes

Those living the right way
have given notice to walk the right path
on the mother known as Gaia

For we need her to live
So give respect
and treat her well! 

Before all becomes barren
and wasteland such a hell

A balance between heart and mind 

With each and every one of us
prepared to lend a hand
to uplift each other along the journey.
There would be a great valour to all of humanity.

-Inmate 016