Poetry from Pelican Bay SHU

While we are still figuring out some things in Texas, I am happy to introduce a man who contacted me from solitary confinement at the Pelican Bay State Prison. Pelican Bay has been at the center of a legal battle over human rights abuses and prolonged use of solitary for several years now. Timothy has chosen to share some loving words despite the isolation he lives in. Enjoy!


I see orange and purple skies,

As I watch the sunset in her eyes,

Mesmerized —

Such an elegant beauty

In which she possesses

Her every word caresses

I find myself possessed

Alleviated stress

She strokes the keys to my life

Like a seasoned musician

Of whom I will always listen–

The eloquence of her melody

Lifts me up in pure rhapsody

And sets me down

Upon sweet crimson grass

Where I lay forever dreaming

At last, at last,

Finally, at long last.


Timothy Trujillo, P32319


PO BOX 7500

Crescent City, CA 95531

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