Whats A Prisoner to Do?
What's a prisoner to do when justice fails
What's a prisoner to do once stigmatized,
What's a prisoner to do there's no one to trust;
What's a prisoner to do when family decide
What's a prisoner to do while confined in a cell;
What's a prisoner to do once his reputation is dead
What's a prisoner to do when he's not believed,
What's a prisoner to do as he sits all alone,
What's a prisoner to do sitting lost and idle
What's a prisoner to do when freedom's taken away
What's a prisoner to do when hedged in by strife;
What's a prisoner to do when he can no longer see
What's a prisoner to do when the sun he can't feel,
What's a prisoner to do when doomed to despair
Tell me, what's a prisoner to do?
Rev. Saundra L. Washington, D.D., is an ordained clergywoman, veteran social worker, and Founder of AMEN Ministries. She is also the author of two coffee table books: Room Beneath the Snow: Poems that Preach and Negative Disturbances: Homilies that Teach which can be reviewed on her site. Her new book, Out of Deep Waters: My Grief Management Workbook, is expected to be available in July.
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FIND the MAGIC
A Death in Cajamarca, Peru (Atahualpa, in Cajamarca ((in English and Spanish))
The Epic Poem:
now is not the time to openopen that great door againnot the time to be more tolerantnot the time to play to win
Take some time to stop and look at nature. Pick up a rock or two and think about where it might have started out and what it might have gone through to end up where you found it.
Beautiful Dreamer, Stephen Foster, Americas First Folk Song Writer
"Beautiful Dreamer" was written by Stephen Foster just before his death in 1864 at age 37. The song became one of his most famous and most popular. However, as with the approximately 200 other songs that Foster wrote during his brief lifetime, he did not receive the recognition or financial reward that he deserved.
Sleep, Dreams, and a Poem
The Incubus' Flash-light
Ed Gallagher Dec. 11, 1907 - Sept. 5, 2004
Two Poems: Boyhood, and Old Age [with a note on style]
Three Poems: Phantom of the Rocks; Lady from Lima & Bell Ringer of de Copan
Phantom of the Rocks
Stone Beds [A Poem and an Advance]
Stone Beds[Pompeii's surge]
Out of the eight poems provided here [all previously unpublished], four are Poetic Prose, a few Visionary [what I call Vsionary anyhow], a few Free Verse, and a few with more form and structure, more closely to the Auden style of: stanza, metrical rhythm, and rhyme. In saying that, I do believe all the poems are conveying a rich network of meaning, some of them painfully close bond between pleasure and destruction. They should appeal to the senses and create images in our minds, for poetry is just that kind of language that most complexly and effectively qualifies.
A Dose of Laughter
I'm not well. Can't you tell? Kinda low, so,give me a dose of laughter.
For My Mother
I cannot bear to thinkof when you will be gone.
San Francisco [Almost a Sonnet]
(The city by the bay of Northern California, near which the Pacific Ocean resides; the year is 1967)
The Crusader: A Search for the Virtue Inside (an excerpt of an Epic Poem)
On through the darkness she searches the bonesSeeking the hand of her love;Deep in the stillness, the maid searches on,Petitioning help from above.Onward she gropes through the flesh and the bloodOf the warriors disfigured and maimed;She carries no hope for the life of her love -For naught but his body she came.To see his face and cradle his head,Hold him close to her breast;Shed bitter tears at her sweet love's endAnd give him peaceful rest.
Memoirs of a Wastelands Rim [a Poem: now in Spanish and English]
Memoirs of a Wasteland's Rim
So many looked to you for inspiration,
Thank You To Our Soldiers And A Tribute To Old Glory And A Prayer For Peace
Lord Byrons She Walks in Beauty
Lord Byron's opening couplet to "She Walks In Beauty" is among the most memorable and most quoted lines in romantic poetry. The opening lines are effortless, graceful, and beautiful, a fitting match for his poem about a woman who possesses effortless grace and beauty.
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