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

“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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“The Beat Within” by Osbun

“The Beat Within” by Osbun

My Dearest Brotherly Beloved David,
Sitting here listening to some smooth soulful jazz of David Sanborn “Pearls.”
I am reminded of our Reneverance
no words nor actions could express.

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“Pain” by Candice

“Pain” by Candice

If pain was a person,
Then I would be her
All this madness in my head,
I’m searching for a cure
Through smoke, coke and injections,
It’s my family that I’m affecting

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“Dog-Faced Killer” by Paul

“Dog-Faced Killer” by Paul

Paul, 64Incarcerated: 20 yearsHoused: San Quentin State Prison Dog-Faced Killer My yesterdays are gone  Never to be relived  Except as memories As any other fantasies Post-traumatic tragedies Born...

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“Pain of a Villain” by David

“Pain of a Villain” by David

David, 26Incarcerated: 4 yearsHoused: Augusta Correctional Center, Craigsville, Virginia Pain of a Villain I take medication to forget about the past Open seats Remind me of a lot of things I been...

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“Eternity” by Richard

“Eternity” by Richard

Incarcerated: 8 years Housed: Clallam Bay Correctional Center, Washington Eternity A gleam of life in clouds of grey reveals a breath of heaven is but a moment away.

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“Sea of Tears” by Maron

Sea of Tears Listen to my tears drip-drop in the streams of time.  Washed away with the flood of time.  Reflecting on those times,  it seemed no end was inclined;  Eternity was no friend of mine. ...

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“Lovetopia” by Andrew “Smiley”

“Lovetopia” by Andrew “Smiley”

Andrew “Smiley”, 38Incarcerated: 16 yearsHoused: Sing Sing Correctional Facility, New York  Lovetopia Oh, how I love the word love Doesn't it feel good when somebody you love says to you, I love...

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“I Dream About You Today” by Kenneth

“I Dream About You Today” by Kenneth

I Dream About You Today I dream about you todayLike all my yesterday,Looking forward to tomorrow. I dream a dream that wasn’t realfor you were gone some twenty years ago.Lost to me in the time gone...

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“Never Repeat It Again” by Charles

“Never Repeat It Again” by Charles

You’re going to be great but I hate to burst your bubble Before you achieve greatness you’ll get into a lot of trouble Don’t look at me all dumbfounded The pain you’re about to go through will...

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