All Articles: Poetry

Rising

By Raphael Calix As an angelic force in the world With everlasting traces of love The encouragement over bigotry and hatred We hear you loud and clear, Dear “Maya” Marching proudly through the old neighborhoods With filaments into our hearts Overcoming the blight of racism We found safety in her bosom Mute-yet alertly listening to […]

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POETRY CORNER

Convict, A Way Of Life By C.L. McClelland Outside there is peace, but that doesn’t concern me, for I’m confined within these walls, walls of misery. I slipped on the outs and this is where I fell. Into this whistle blowing, bell ringing, man-made, barred earthy hell. Each morning I wake and I curse the […]

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POETRY

UPS & DOWNS By Henry Cartwright “UPS & DOWNS”…smiles and frowns Are ways to everyday life, No one said it would be easy, but we must continue to strive So I wake up each day that is not “promised” To me, with a “smile” upon my face Cause I know I am only “alive” thru […]

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POETRY

Unchain By Keung Vanh Innocents at play, until life at stake death came knocking, and almost collected only to be saved, by a black silhouette given a new life, by the two face gavel a new life, too unworthy for a life taken, and a life given a token is certain, but not concrete for […]

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POETRY

DIASPORA By R. Calix In the Gulag by the Bay Where a remnant still survives Our colored souls in distress Where unfreedom songs arise Where blues croon red And cold is hot I sit and set Not wanting nor waiting But churning away Inside this exile. Back in a 6×9 Cell By NIGEL HENRY I’m […]

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From A Window In San Quentin

By Fe P. Koons My tears will not bring back the hour of holding your tiny fingers in my palm or kissing your cheeks in the solitude of the night The dying moments of a mother behind bars are but pain that endlessly kill the joy of longing to touch your face my child I […]

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POETRY

By EDDIE GRIFFIN Journalism Guild Writer They invite your impropriety They’re so glad that you could come They ignore your many addictions And they knew that you’d succumb Tragic hero of rural crisis On your back many towns have grown Do you know your intrinsic value Can’t you see the seeds they’ve sown Seeds fertilized […]

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POETRY

By TULLEDO NILES Contributing writer Today he was here forever Testing secrets in God Here in eternity Here in Eden Have you ever tested? Have you ever tested I’m vast Going fast to you When I get to you You’ll have gotten hit in the face by her Born 7 times Had to help From […]

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Poetry

By CHUCK RITCHEY The lonely prisoner sits in his cell, dieing slowly in his special kind of hell. All those he knew have now forgot. Society has left him alone to rot. The lonely prisoner, this lonely man Takes each day as best he can. He sees no sun, no moon, or no stars, Only […]

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POETRY

ABSENCE OF THE ARCHBISHOP By GEOFFREY G. O’BRIEN You meet at most four archbishops in a lifetime. You have at most one lifetime. You sing when in pain and expect to be heard. You see the outline of holy figures, their windows and blinds. You want to kiss the gold of the coat and you […]

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