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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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“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good.” ~ Unknown
 

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