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by Joel J. Baul
May today’s presence find all of you well in spirit and health. The world outside this tomb is beating like that of a heart, yet as we know it’s falling apart! It saddens me to know that (Jim Crow and McCarthy’s) are no longer dormant? I can only hope with all that is manifesting itself, there is a unification of enlightenment to ensure we haven’t lost our way and that we acknowledge we do need each other more so in these times than we know: Life is fragile, so too is our reproach.
The Beat Within, lets youth express their Soul within,
from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse
they overcame, and refused to be another story on the six o’clock news.
Beautiful transformations such as Black Boys so used to cocking glocks, becoming righteous cops and protecting everybody’s block.Proving change is possible,
believe and you can achieve.
The Beat Within, an outlet in this dry ass Hall,
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In my hand, I had a gun.
I thought I was having fun.
It was a little odd
That the cops were calling the house
So I decided to run.
To my surprise
Four cops were waiting
Three with guns pointed at me
And the other with a K9.
He gave me one chance
To get on the ground
Before he released the dog.
I did as he told.
I wasn’t trying to get bit.
Two hours later
I was in my cell
Mad at myself
For the life I am living.
by Michael D. Johnson
My name is Michael Dwayne Johnson and I am a thirty-six year old man incarcerated in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations. My convictions are first degree murder and second degree robbery and my crime is gang-related. I’ve been in prison since I was sixteen years old and I have served a total of twenty years and five months. That’s approximately seven thousand four hundred fifty days of hell and a whole lot of thinking, crying and begging God for mercy. However, this whole experience has taught me a few things;