Poetry

The Welcome by Jeff Jones

by David Joel Friedman


Do you wish to immigrate to my heart? Where are your

papers?  What are your purposes?

                Are you lost?  Are you broken?  Come to the chamber of

my heart for safety.  Remember the old country.  I was not there.  I was waiting for you here.

                Do you wish to be naturalized in my arms?  Let me instruct you in the new tongue.  Tread softly;

Death too first makes inquiry, then shows the way.

                Come, pledge allegiance to my tattered proud flag.  Here,

And here only, the streets are paved with gold.

David Joel Friedman (2006). The Welcome.  The National Poetry Series.  Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, p. 13.

ANGER by Jeff Jones

By Kamal Manilla

Butthescreamingneverstops

Andthescreamingneverstops

                                            

TheBabiesCharlotteBaconDanielBardenOliviaEngelJosephine

GayAnaMarquez-GreeneDylanHockleyMadeileineHsuCatherine

HubbardChaseKowalskiJesseLewisJamesMattioliGraceMcDonnell

EmilieParkerJackPintoNoahPoznerCarolinePrevidiJessicaRekos

ArielleRichmanBenjaminWheelerAllisonWyatt                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

Butthescreamingneverstops

Andthescreamingneverstops

 

 

TheTeensJaimeGuttenbergLukeHoyerMartinDuqueAngianoCarmen

SchentrupGinaMontaltoMeadowPollackAlyssaAlhadeffJoaquinOliver

AlainaPettyCaraLoughranNicholasDworetPeterWangAlexanderSchachter

HelenaRamsey

 

Butthescreamingneverstops

Andthescreamingneverstops

 

TheAdultsRachelDavinoDawnHocksprungAnneMarieMurphyLaurenRousseau

MarySherlachVictoriaSotoAaronFeisScottBeigelChristopherHixon

 

Butthescreamingneverstops

Andthescreamingneverstops

 

BecausethepoliticiansJohnMcCainRichardBurrRoyBluntThomTillisCory

GardnerMarcoRubioJoniErnstRobPortmanToddYoungBillCassidyTomCotton

FrenchHillKenBuckDavidYoungMikeSimpsonGregGianforteDonYoung

LloydSmuckerBrucePoliquinPeteSessionsBarbaraComstock

AndWeThePeople

 

Butthescreamingneverstops

Andthescreamingneverstops

Will it ever ?

Incarceration is the... by Jeff Jones

by Zudaydah R. Blank


Incarceration is the

Separation

And Isolation of families

which leads to the

interrogation of visitors that imposes the humiliation and Defamation of their characterization.

I’m not the one who is punished -but your assassination of my dignity when I go through the detector, Makes me feel lessor, all cause I have a loved one behind bars- You take this too far Check my background Check my pockets, Am I dressed right?

Did I violate

Your code

Of ethics?

this is just your method

To make sure we all see

What prison life really means.

Go

tell one

tell all

How the incarcerated affects us all

We the people

are not at all

Equal as you all recall

Separation and segregation

We’re not united in this nation.

I visited my dad..

couldn’t sit on his lap

CO gave my dad a tap

That’s enough of that

Couldn’t give my dad an embrace

Without a CO all up in our face

4 years old I would never see

my dad be there for me

I was an orphan

just like Annie

Hard knock life for us

I used to ride the joint connection bus

From Newark to Trenton, NJ

State prison to see my daddy

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Rafael Luciano, I am his daughter

Forever grateful

Never shameful

My maker

My strength

Comes from he

I am him and he is me..

Society can’t make me hate you

These laws are made to break you

And me apart

Because our skin is tan and dark

But I won’t let them make me think

Less of you daddy

Forever and ever you are father

I will cherish you like no other

They took you away from me

To make me struggle

To make our legacy buckle

As long as I’m conscience I will speak

Of all the injustice done to thee

It’s not right

It’s not fair

I’m 40 and you’re still in there.

As long as I live

I will always be

Daddy’s lil girl to my daddy...