Going to Jail poem

This is a poem I wrote while I was a prisoner in the Michigan prison system. I did not like being in prison, but it taught me a great lesson about appreciating life!


Breaking the law and going to jail,
becoming a prisoner who is locked in a cell.
Different races, colors and ages,
all together like animal in cages.
From stick-ups to drug dealers to stealing cars,
they are taken off the streets to be placed behind bars. 
Different people that have been charged with a crime,
the consequences are, you have to serve some time.
From all across the state from city to city,
there is a person who enforces the law that shows no pity.
It is from Zero to life depending on the case,
and you think of the precious time in jail that you will waste.
All of your freedom is left behind,
and you are feeling hurt because you are confined.
Leaving loved-ones, now you are wondering who is your friend,
as your life on the streets has come to an end.
From hustling on the streets trying to go from rags to fame,
to becoming a prisoner and wondering who is to blame?
Some get frustrated, miserable and mad,
and others  get depressed, lonely its really sad.
Being convicted of a crime while trying to obtain,
an unlawful way of a financial gain.
Wanting to be the man who is headed in a one-way direction,
 but unfortunately it turned out to be in the Department of Corrections.
Some try to change because it is never too late,
to turn your life around from this terrible mistake!!!

By Bro Tim Gillam
Ex prisoner

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We all need inspiration and encouragement. Sometimes just a kind word can be a blessing and it can help us get  through our darkness hour!! During those struggling times, I try to find some inspiring words to share and comfort. A good encouraging word can turn someones life around.

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I was born and raised in Detroit MI. I grew up in an unstable home. My father physically and mentally abused my mother. His abusiveness had an adverse effect on me as well as my siblings. It caused homelessness and a lot of mental anguish. It also caused a great deal of hardship and grief.

As a result, I did not attend school regularly. I developed a leaning disability. I did not like going to school. I could not read and comprehend like other kids in elementary. I struggled though middle school and eventually dropped out in the 9th grade.

 I did not get involved in any criminal activity during this time, but I wasn’t doing anything constructive with my life either. I was not interested in sports or anything else that would make my life better.

 I began smoking marijuana at around sixteen years old. I tried alcohol, but didn’t like the taste or the feeling of being drunk. So I stuck with smoking weed until I meet crack in 1984.

 My life quickly grew out of control. I lied, cheated, and stole to support my crack habit. My only purpose in life was to get high. I lost friends and family members trust and respect. Getting high was all that mattered to me.

 At twenty-seven, I committed my first felony that lead me to prison. It was one of the worse experience s of my life. I was completely lost and did not know or understand just how serious things were.

 As result of my insanity, I went to prison several more times. My last visit was indeed the lowliest and darkest periods in my life. I lost all hope about myself. Despair became my best friend as I sit in the cold jail cell. I thought of ways to end my life because I did not want to go through the pain and suffering anymore. But at my lowest moment, something happened. The Lord came and touched my heart and gave me a reason to continue on.

Today, I use my experience to help inspire and uplift others. I want my poems to glory God and give encouragement and inspiration to the "Brokenhearted"

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