Poetry

Poetry is an allegory that tells no tales. It has no race or gender, no ego or attitude. Poetry is neither big, tall, short or small. Most of all poetry allows various incarcerated men and women to express their pain, their visions and their remorse with a meek and humble approach. Humans of San Quentin would like to share their poems with our readers. Give us your feedback and please, tell a friend. We hope you allow us to open our hearts and share our poetry with you.

Please enjoy the poems below,
Alex – Poetry Director

“A Christmas Story”, “Scars”, “If I Knew Then” by Jeffery

“A Christmas Story”, “Scars”, “If I Knew Then” by Jeffery

“Holding onto the things I learned along the way gives me the ability to better recognize the twists and turns, hoops and hurdles of an outraged life. I tried to hide behind fear, masking over those inner pains suffered through my own unique and real traumas because I didn’t know then what I know about self and the ability to rise above the past that existed.”

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“Owed to Oneself” by Tyane

“Love yourself past all the flaws
Look deep inside to the beauty that calls”

“True love never ends, doesn’t break, but often bends.. We all have our ups and downs, sometimes causes smiles or frowns… Many years have passed us by, sometimes we laugh, others we cry…. Older now can’t stand much longer. Although my love only gets stronger.”

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“Memories” and “True Love” by Robert

“Simple things, like taking walks, hopes and dreams were positive thoughts… Having a Family, a normal life, husband, kids, and you as my wife.. Memories keep me going!!!”

“True love never ends, doesn’t break, but often bends.. We all have our ups and downs, sometimes causes smiles or frowns… Many years have passed us by, sometimes we laugh, others we cry…. Older now can’t stand much longer. Although my love only gets stronger.”

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“Who Are You?” by Ian

“Who Are You?” by Ian

“It’s not always easy to see your own silver lining, but that’s what others are for. To help you see. To help you learn. To help you remember to smile.”

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“Journey to Nowhere” by Ramon

“Journey to Nowhere” by Ramon

Lungs fill with stagnant, polluted burnt air,
The smell of Death is everywhere.
The heart beats weak with question and fear,
Maintaining a life that is going nowhere.

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“Broken Heart” by Shawnda

“Broken Heart” by Shawnda

I want to just lay here and die
Let life pass me by
What a horrible job I’ve done
All this guilt and shame weigh a ton
My heart is broken, my spirit is tore

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“New Life” by Whitney

“New Life” by Whitney

I have nothing that would make you love me
No good or cool words you see
My popularity level is down to zero percent
My pants pocket are broken dense

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“Bury Us” by Jose

“Bury Us” by Jose

Bury us in a sunless pit of obscurity,
Imprisoning flaws mercilessly,
Isolating guardrails which hold us back,
Guardrails on the wrong path, journeys on the wrong track
Suitable circumstances reveal opportunity.

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“Inmate’s Lament” by Alyce

“Inmate’s Lament” by Alyce

Dilapidated dorms, cloistered court yards
Wrinkled sidewalks, rutted roads, pit holes thump
Squawking doors, crunching windows- toilets rage
Locks explode, hints of freedom, clacking keys

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