There you are On the other side of the window You look sad and scared Wondering where your son is about to go Read Complete Poem. What an amazing touching poem!! My son is in prison, it hurts everyday, this poem really is reflective of the real pain family members feel all the time.
My fave poem on here! Daddy has to be away for awhile. Please don't cry; show me that smile.
Be careful when you're out to play. Watch out for cars; don't get in their way My mom lied to me all my life. It was to protect me, to protect me from all the pain. But lying is like waiting for him to show up, and he's not coming back.
I was 6 years old when my dad Read complete story. Daddy, you're in jail so far, far away and it hurts me almost every day I knew when I was there it was coming to an end The last time I saw my dad was July 23, My dad is currently in jail right now. My dad was in jail for eight years before. He got out when I was in second grade. The reason he went to When I met you, it was like I had known you for years.
After I married you life was days full of never ending tears. The first time you went away I stood strong by your side. The second time you left me I just wanted to curl up and die. All I know is that drugs take you and everything down along the way. People shouldn't be in jail for addictions. The current system makes no sense whatsoever. Private jails are a business, Someday the gates will open, and once more I'll be free.
A fact that makes me wonder, "What will become of me? I am a female who is out on parole.I call for you cultivation of strength in the dark. Dark gardening in the vertigo cold. In the hot paralysis. Under the wolves and coyotes of particular silences. Where it is dry. I call for you cultivation of victory Over long blows that you want to give and blows you are going to get. Over what wants to crumble you down, to sicken you.
I call for you cultivation of strength to heal and enhance in the non-cheering dark, in the many many mornings-after; in the chalk and choke. Gregory Mansfield has traveled to Illinois prisons on photo assignments to illustrate articles ranging from prison education to overcrowding. His photo essay, accompanying Gwendolyn Brooks' poem, theme. He is gallery director at Sangamon State University.
Her poem, "To Prisoners, " is published here for the first time. It will also be included in her forthcoming book, To Disembark. This is the fourth of six essays made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Reprints of these essays are available at no cost from the Illinois Humanities Council, W. Springfield, Champaign, Illinois Continuing this month and in alternate months inIllinois Issues will publish a four-page supplement containing an original essay by an Illinois humanist. No restrictions in regard to style, form or perspective have been placed on the authors.
They have been encouraged to use any of a number of approaches including exposition, analysis, satire and parody. A new poem by Gwendolyn Brooks appears this month as part of the series. Gwendolyn Brooks.Poetry is a penetrating art form that can give voice to the plight of incarcerated people. In his book Wounded Researcher: Research with Soul in MindRobert Romanyshyn studies the art of keeping the soul in mind when authoring psychological research reports.
I was struck by the unusual juxtaposition of his research. I agree with Romanyshyn that poetry is an art of the soul. A concrete connection between psychology and poetry brings a sensitivity in which both processes seek the humanistic truths of any given moment. By way of example, I offer the following excerpt:. Wilde—as the psychoanalyst—brings deeper and accessible meaning to mass incarceration realities through his poetic mirror of experienced horrors.
His words encourage understanding and empathy through strong poetic transference. Gwendolyn Brooks — was a prolific writer whose works include novels and poetry. Best known for her intense poetic portraits of urban African Americans, Brooks gives a vantage point for mass incarceration that is different than that of Oscar Wilde. Though not imprisoned herself, Brooks transcended the world of freedom into the castigated world of prisoners and tapped into humanistic and soulful themes that underscore her psychological views of the human condition in her art form.
The title is direct and the message illustrates her ability to identify the humanistic truths of incarcerated people:. To Prisoners. I call for you cultivation of strength in the dark. Dark gardening in the vertigo cold. In the hot paralysis. Under the wolves and coyotes of particular silences. Where it is dry. I call for you cultivation of victory Over long blows that you want to give and blows you are going to get.
Over what wants to crumble you down, to sicken you. I call for you cultivation of strength to heal and enhance in the non-cheering dark, in the many many mornings-after; in the chalk and choke. The themes Brooks focuses on are real concerns for the incarcerated.
She uses darkness as a transference technique everyone recognizes and can relate to. As the poet-psychologist, Brooks dwells immediately on human experiences we all know: cold, heat, dryness, sickness, darkness, and disorientation.
I read her imperative between the lines: Look at this. Take it all in. To me, the voice of poetry, coupled with the psychology of empathizing with the plight of others, is a key factor in moving prison reform forward. The first step in getting real prison reform in this country is getting more people to care. Let the poets in all of us prevail through our transference dialogues. Read more about Gwendolyn Brooks and her writings. Her poem is about how underresourced communities provide limited opportunities within the education systems they encounter, becoming the point of origin for the prison pipeline.
Your email address will not be published.There are a variety of ways to stay in contact with your loved one. Apart from visitation for inmatesletters are a welcomed form of communication for those serving a sentence.
You might consider creating a book out of the poems, and including notes or poems of your own. You could include the poems individually along with other things to send inmates in a care package. Oh, how the years go by, Oh, how time can certainly fly. From once just a thought in far away dreams, now into my arms and in my eyes gleam the presence of you. Your laughter and smiles, which go on for miles, warm my heart and soul. My little boy will someday be a man, and right by your side I will forever stand.
I will pick up the pieces when you fall. I will hold your hand and help you stand tall. And when the day comes when you are on your own, never feel that you are alone.
No matter how near or far apart, I am always right there in your heart. Always remember whatever you go through that no matter what, I will always love you. Time has gone so swiftly years went rushing past. My Son you have matured and grown up so very fast. Let me take time out to to say just how much you mean. Lets always make a special time and always keep in touch.
My Son you are the very best and I love you so much. Never one to show his feelings openly He was always there When I needed him to be.
I knew that I could never go back and fix all the wrongs So I worked very hard to set a new track. I tried to show you the sunshine and hope and how great life can be When you take it on soberly. So here in this poem is for it to be said.
There are no words to express how much you mean to me, A son like you, I thought could never be. Because the day you were born, I just knew, God sent me a blessing- and that was you. For this I thank Him every day. You are the true definition of a son, in every way. It is because of you that my life has meaning.
Becoming a mom has shown me a new sense of being. I want you to know that you were the purpose of my life, Out of everything I did- it was you that I did right.
Always remember that I know how much you care, I can tell by the relationship that we share. For a son like you there could be no other, And whether we are together or apart, Please do not ever forget- You will always have a piece of my heart.
I wrote a letter each week all through the years, To try and dispel your earlier fears, That friends would forget you, never want you again, And I know it happened…wish I could spare you the pain. And put friends and loved ones through more terrible pain? Just want you to know, Son, I will always be here, I will never forsake you, I love you so dear, One day I will be gone, but these words will remain, And if ever in doubt please read them again.
To My Son, I hope you know how much I love you so. I might embarrass you from time to time By giving lots of love and needless kisses, But you need to know Mom loves you so. Now that you are getting older I felt the need to tell you Just how much I love you so.What are prison pen-pals?
Prison pen-pals are inmates who exchange letters with non-incarcerated pen-pals. Inmates have been turning to WriteAPrisoner. We post profiles, photos, and contact information of inmates. Once you have selected a prison pen-pal to correspond with, you have the option of sending your first message free of charge. Contact with prison pen-pals is then maintained via postal mail or programs like CorrLinks and JPay.
Inmates cannot access their WriteAPrisoner. We are a pen-pal website only. Inmates pay for pen-pal profiles.
That income is used for operating costs as well as our ScholarshipsWelcome Home KitsReintegration Profilesand a host of other non-commercial Community Programs targeted at reducing recidivism and ultimately helping inmates help themselves. Research shared on our Why WriteAPrisoner page and the Federal Bureau of Prisons shows that both male and female prison pen-pals who establish and maintain positive contacts outside of prison walls, pursue educational opportunities, and seek normalization through friendship, etc.
Inmates from county jails, state prisons, federal prisons, on death row, and in rehabilitation centers across the country have posted profiles. We also have prisoners listed from outside of the United States. You can conduct an inmate search of inmates not listed on our website by using our Inmate Locator. Inmate lookup options are available for each location. We also encourage you to join our Prison Forum to talk with other members about related topics, such as what to expect when you meet an inmate, death row, correspondence, visitation, different departments of corrections, and more.
By using or accessing WriteAPrisoner. All Rights Reserved. Must be 18 to view this website and have read our Terms of Service. Skip to main content.Prison is the punishment that keeps on taking. Long after the individual has regretted his or her sin and wishes to go back to living a productive life, he must stay in prison wasting his precious years on this earth. Almost anything you take from a man can be given back except time. He can never reclaim the time that was stolen from him.
He can never experience his children growing up for they are already grown. He can never experience those precious moments with his wife for most likely she has moved on. Of all the crimes that man commits to go to prison, in most cases our decision to keep him there is worse.
I feel a tear run down my face As I sit in this quiet, lonely place. I think of you and need you here. I wipe away my falling tear. Read Complete Poem. I so identify with your testimony. My husband and I have been together 34 years, and have been married for 32 years. He has served 26 years of a life sentence for a crime he didn't commit. Read complete story. My brother was always my best friend, We would play sports and we'd just pretend. I'd hit a homer, a goal he'd score, You see I was Yaz and he was Orr.
Let me tell you about a game I play Where I close my eyes and fade away I float away to a special place. I wanted to cry when I read this. I didn't realize how often I do this, even throughout the day. This one touched my heart. My husband has been in jail for 3 years. He got 7 years and there All these days and nights without you here, It's a little bit more than I can bear. The days are cold and so very long.
The first time I had a boyfriend, we dated 6 years basically from when I was in 4th grade until now. Very recently, we broke up because he was always busy, and I hardly saw him. Now that My weeping mother sent me a letter. She begged God for me to get better. Her tears smudged the ink As her fears turned into reality in a blink.
A person's comment: "That's her there! Her hubby's inside! Both my husband and I have done a lot of time, and being apart it so hard. There is no rehabilitation in the system, and sometimes people make mistakes, but that does not mean you turn your How do you sit down and talk to your son and tell him that his Daddy has gone?
It's easier explaining the meaning of death and why people die and draw their last breath.Dying without purpose and dreaming. Something bigger than oneself, living for just one embrace fighting life.
So, if this is temporary, then where do I go from here? Now that I got a chance to think about how out So, if this is temporary,then where do I go from here?Nhlanhla Mhlongo - Impilo Yangaphakathi (Poem)
Now that I got a chance to think Every time I step outside I look at the sky as a place I may Someday physically reside. Blind to science, my mind Slides against the grains of the toughest grinds High hopes to someday find One that coincides Love and Loyalty.
A mythological unicorn that everyone dreams of capturing. As slippery as the slime and grime found in the muddiest marshes, but as potent as the perfume wafting from a French harlot. The yin and yang of our heart structure. To have I stuck my hand in the murkiness of the future, feeling around for the purpose of my life.
My fingers grazed many possibilities, but could never quite get a firm grip on their reality. Opportunities slipped through my hand in some waste on more than one occasion, The night I died, I was bitten by love. Its venom coursed through my existence like the blood that supplied oxygen to my soul.
It trapped me in a reality that was beyond my recognition. Opened a set of eyes that I never even knew existed, thus altering my perception like it was They say that people come into your life for a reason or a season.
Breezed in like a hurricane, dropping torrents of pain upon your island Just wait until the rain turns to sunshine, While living with joy and pain we must All keep a peace of mind. If I hold on to my faith I shall See your pretty smile I've committed crime have done some time and more than once I've crossed the line. However,that does not mean that you turn on me switch teams on me and push me out of your Sometimes I stumble, sometimes I make mistakes, sometimes I feel uncomfortable doing things I've never done, I'm only human.
Sometimes I don't understand, sometimes I get upset over things I can't control, sometimes I get sad and can't hide my sorrow, I'm only human Watching you grow up from far away, kills me inside a little more every day.
I love your smile, I love your eyes, I love everything about you indeed, I love you more then life itself, your my beautiful little seed. I'm not sure why god sent me Blessings on blessings were sent from the Heavens, I prayed for your love and asked for forgiveness, God is my As days pass by; some people change… Life aint about money, or is it about fame… 7 days a week; 24 hours a day… Every day is different; not a single day is the same… Life is full of struggles; that people overcome… Everybody struggles When life gives you lemons you make lemonade right, at the end of the tunnel there is always a light.
If time is of the essence, Right now is the time, Lord knows good friends are hard to come by. We're only Last night I cried. My tears encapsulating bad dreams and abandoned hope. My view shingled by prison bars.