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Poem from Jamesy Boy – A Young Man’s Resolve to Keep Moving Forward in Spite of Incredible Life Challenges

Poem from Jamesy Boy

In my mind, there’s a boy who exists in chains.

Inside a cold, dark room of painful solitude is where he will remain.

Behind these walls, the sorrow is inevitable, as relentless as the passage of time.

Mentalities corrupt and dark, brainwashed, and hopelessly blind.

Prisons are packed with crowded spaces, lifers and guards with hollow faces.

Shackled hearts afraid of changes, and weakened wills become complacent.

Yet, I maintain with patience, time can limit but not shatter my will, strength blazed across my chest as solid as penitentiary steel.

But the silence speaks, it tells me all I need to hear, it confirms my beliefs and its promises I have to fear.

It reminds me that without freedom, I’m alone.

And these whitewashed walls don’t make up for blackened souls.

I’ve given 95% of my boys a handshake than a pound, before they were either locked down or buried off in cemetery grounds.

What I’ve done is who I am, but who I am is what I do now.

I won’t let up or cease to fight.

Just time, I plan on doing it right.

And what’s right lies within me.

I’m learning to appreciate my struggle for it would be hard to find the joy of accomplishment without it.

We live and we learn.

We rise and we fall.

Like the heartbeat of a sleeping giant, with bittersweet dreams.

Stay up, never down.

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Watch:  Jamesy Boy [2014]

Act of Valor Poem

This is the poem Lt. Rorke leaves for his son in the movie “Act of Valor”

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

~ Tecumseh

Click here to read the full poem (beyond just the excerpt from the movie)

 

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