Prisoner Poetry


My Eyes are Open

by Alan Walls  

Your splendor surrounds me, it’s everywhere,
Wherever I look Your glory is there.
It’s always been there waiting for me,
My eyes are open, now I can see.

You reveal Your majesty in the stars up above,
You express Your love in the form of a dove.
You make known Your Wisdom by the mysteries at sea,
With all its vastness it’s hard to conceive.

 As the eagle takes flight with her wings wide open,
Catching the currents of wind from the words You have spoken.
The oceans, the mountains, the river, and the trees,
My eyes are open to the beauty of Thee.

Looking towards Heaven with my eyes open wide,
Beholding Your glory no words can describe.
No mind can fathom no heart can contain,
The abundance of power that’s held in Your name.

Eyes once blinded though I thought I could see,
Now my eyes are open, You have set me free
To enjoy all the goodness you created in life,
My eyes are open to the Lord Jesus Christ.  

Be a Soul Winner

by Kenneth Cotton

 Jesus came to seek and to save
The poor, lost sinner before the grave.
He can’t be seen, His face is hid,
It’s up to us to tell what He did.
And when we go with God’s Good News
His Spirit reveals the wonderful truths
Of Jesus’ death and the victory,
How He foiled Satan and set us free;
Free to live and laugh and love.
With showers and blessings from above.
And when we truly love men’s souls
We’ll set ourselves the Heavenly goals;
Like go and tell and witness and preach.
And, Oh, the joy within your heart
When another soul is set apart.
So let Christ in you tell God’s plan
And rescue a sin-filled, hell-bound man.


The Wicked One

by Trey B. Birriel, #01A0383

I know who you are, can’t fool me no more
I won’t be who you want me to be
You want me to hate all those I adore
But you won’t get the best of me.

I won’t let you destroy my heart and mind
I answer to the One who made me
There’s nothing in you I could ever find
There’s nothing you have to persuade me.

I’m not afraid of anything you have to say
Or anything that you can do
Whatever it is you put in my way
My Lord will see me through.

You won’t bring me down with nothing at all
No fear, no pain will take me
You can try to trip me, I still won’t fall
Nothing you do will break me.

God gave me the strength to stand up to you
And be ready to fight and defeat you
So whatever to me you decide to do
With my hands behind me, I’ll beat you!


Quiet Time

by Old Man Walker

 In a quite time, while I am alone
As my mind seems to wander
About so many things

 One is life, how my life is?
You know, how it turned out

As every kid, I too had dreams
To become this or that,

 Quiet time, when I am alone
My mind starts to wander
Just really where I went wrong
Life… with my life
How I just let life pass me by

 Quiet time, when I am alone
My life now, in this prison cell
I can smile and hold my head high

You see, now I have eternal life
Cause, Quiet time, while I was alone
I found the Lord


Sunshine & Rain

by Fred Tims 


No life is useless, and no day is vain
For God has a purpose for sunshine and rain
All get discouraged and everyone cries
But we’re never alone beneath cloudy skies
All hearts can break, they’re fragile as glass
But God will mend them, and this too shall pass
Sometimes we succeed and some times we fail
So follow your dream
Because no one’s a loser who gives it their best
And you can stand tall above all the rest
Those who are faithful are noble at heart
And no life is useless when God has a part
Be swift to give praises and slow to complain
Because God has a purpose for sunshine and rain


by Jennifer Olson

Copyright 2004 

    Col 1:13) For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He Loves.

The windows shattered

as the hot fire blazed

People were terrified

running in a haze

My friends sat beside me

to comfort my cries

Couldn’t understand

who would do this, and why

The sirens wailed loud

and all bright lights flashed

My inside crumbled

as if being smashed

The officers surrounded

taking my arm

They knew it was me

that caused all this harm

My best friend

became my bitter enemy

wanting me locked away,

never to be free

crying out for justice,

for this criminal to serve

The Judge gave a verdict,

one I deserved

My heart was imprisoned

long before my crime

I never stopped to think

until serving my time

Running from my problems

and the haunting from my past

Couldn’t find a drug

that was strong enough to last

Remembering every wrong,

determined to destroy

Claiming independence

but being Satan’s toy

Believing my delusions,

living in the lies

A miserable life

that couldn’t seem to die

No one had much hope

that I would change my ways

A slave to my addiction,

they had to lock away

The hours turned to days

and slowly turned to years

Today, behind these bars,

I see my life so clear

My life’s been changed

by the power of God’s Love

A heart to heart visit

from my Father above

I was all alone

in a dirty jail cell

Bruised, beaten and empty,

heading straight to hell

The moment I cried out,

He answered my cry

I said “Please let me live,

I don’t want to die”

He came into my life

and softened my hard heart

Reconstructing all

that sin had ripped apart

Now, I need no drug

to find my ecstasy

I am filled with great joy

to know I am free

I don’t need a gun

to prove I’m in control

I am a child of God,

the keeper of my soul

I don’t need my friends

to say I’m alright

I’m accepted by God

and that’s my delight

This gives me the strength

to change all my ways

Meeting face to face with God,

as I knelt down to pray

         Making Decisions

by J. W. Head, AZ Inmate

One simple yes,

instead of saying NO,

One moment of temptation

wiped out the world I used to know.

One foolish moment

changed forever my life,

Lost and gone forever,

my children and my wife.

One weakness to Satan,

the Father of all lies,

Has brought so much pain to my heart,

and tears to my eyes.

Why did I give in,

why did I dare?

No way to take back,

now there’s only pain,

I had everything to lose

and nothing to gain.

On my knees,

I beg to the Savior

that died for me,

Give me a chance some day,

to make it up to my family.

I’ve done so much wrong,

yet he’s willing to forgive,

He has paid the price for me,

so that I could live.

He gives me a peace,

without it, I would never survive,

Somehow in this darkness,

he has helped me come alive.

I owe it all to Jesus,

who loves me,

and hope to one day Lead

YOU and your family to him

and his eternal way.

I Finally Found You

by Kenneth Doster


 After all these years,

I thought you never existed.

But now I can feel your smile

We usually passed each other,

Or I took a wrong turn

Lost in my thoughts like a child.

When I was alone,

sometimes I felt your presence

but my mind told me it wasn’t true.

I’ve read books about you.

I’ve had dreams about you

but still, I never had a clue.

I’ve seen your work.

It left me in awe

Then I’d quickly dismiss it, as luck.

I never saw you coming.

I was so exposed

and afraid of your silent touch.

But, now you are here,

as close as my heartbeat

supporting all the good that I do.

At times I wish

that we had met sooner

but I’m happy that I finally found you.

God Bless Us All These Holy Days

God bless us all these holy days

as our hearts are filled with praise

We glorify and bow to you

and pray that we can follow through

Your footsteps lead us on the path

which saves us from the devil’s wrath

Your compassion and your graciousness

will let us know that we are blessed

We pray you guide us with your truth

Your Son, He was our living proof

As our hearts are filled with praise

God bless us all these holy days

It’s Just a Song

by Timothy Goldsmith

When I was in society,

I never got on my knees,

All I did was hang out

with the homies,

Because I really thought

they cared and loved me,

But things have suddenly changed,

Since I’ve been locked away from society,

man so all I do now is pray,

And this is what I say.

No one cares about me, but Jesus,

No one even loves me, but Jesus,

And I thank you, Lord Jesus,

For being so true to me.

Now as I write this song,

I’m speaking from the heart as I go on,

Even though I’m hurting inside,

I know Jesus will make things alright,

That’s why I keep my faith strong,

Because with Jesus I’ll never be alone,

So all I do now is pray

And this is what I say:

No one cares about me, but Jesus,

No one even loves me, but Jesus,

And I thank you, Lord Jesus,

For being so true to me.

No one No one No one

But Jesus, I said.

Let He Who Has Not Sinned

by Leonna Ramos

Those put in prison

for immoral acts

The red and the beige

The white and the blacks

Soon learn their lessons

Repenting of sin

wanting their freedom

missing their kin

Now wanting to share

their abuses and pains

felt at the time

they were truly insane

God’s Grace is sufficient

when lost souls are weak

And these are His children

the poorest and meek

All sins have been covered

with the blood of the lamb

For God knows His sheep

and He understands

Why cast a stone

You’re a sinner,

now kneel You should be helping

these fallen men heal



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