Breathing

I keep breathing

despite the odds

and capabilities.

The only people

who think I shouldn’t

don’t really know me.

They don’t know about the person

who rescued dogs and cats

or volunteered to read

to the children at the local library.

They don’t know about the father

who worked all day and night

just to watch his son and daughter

grow and thrive.

They don’t know about the reasons

they sent the boy away.

Just the awful things

they claim he said and did.

They don’t know about the money

or the legacy he lost

or the inheritance

the state stole from his kids.

I keep breathing

hoping that some day

I’ll get the chance

To right the sinking ship

To bring closure to this nightmare

To end this awful trip


This piece is by Texas prisoner John Green.(address linked) John is actively looking for a pen pal who will offer him a second chance at life and the ability to bond with someone on the outside and keep him motivated to work for parole after years of incarceration, while being a model inmate, has continued to keep him isolated and fearful that he may never be released. If you are looking for a kind-hearted and mature person to write, John would be a good friend! He loves rock music, animals, literature, and writing. I believe his writing shows his good nature and his vulnerabilities. I hope one of the people reading this will decide to reach out to him and make his days brighter.

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