Poetry

Succeed by Kevin Bonilla

Great Idea. Red Tape!

Unnatural talent. No funds.

Overcome road blocks…

-Because-

Where there is the will

There’s most certainly a way.

Yes you can do it!

-Faith-

Positive thinkers

Outnumber negative ones

By a great margin!

-Always-

Stay focused, work hard.

Have a plan and stick to it.

You will reap rewards!

Succeed –

 

If I Could by John Coney

(To My Family)

If I could take it all back,

The damage that I’ve done.

The lives that I’ve hurt,

The road on which I’ve come.

If I could make an exchange,

And give my life for their pain.

If I could erase the dark past,

The hurtful shadow I have cast.

If I could forfeit my life,

And lift their veil of tears.

And remove the dark memories,

Of the destructive costly years.

If I could heal their broken hearts,

And the torments of their mind.

And replace their joy and peace,

That I stole when I was blind.

I know that only God

Can do what I cannot.

The damage I have wrought.

 

D.O.C. by Greg Ennis a

Prayer warriors, ministers of the Word

Soldiers in the army of Christ

Letters from the front line

No!

Letters from within the enemy’s camp

She gets them all

She has heard the gruesome tales

Anguished cries have touched her heart

She prays for the comfort of many

Prays that our understanding be biblical

We need to be thankful for this lady

Such a refreshing soul

A friend to me and others

Letters from within the enemy’s camp

They flow into her office and heart

We are blessed to have her in our lives

Bless her in the name of Jesus

And those also who work alongside her

We thank you, Father, for DeAnn

Mom’s and sister to all

We are the ones being blessed.

 

Holy of Holies by Chris Grabek

Father how we adore You

How for us You made a way

Washed in the blood of Your mercy

To You we will ever pray

Thank you Father for Jesus

His sacrifice paid my price

Forever magnify His glory

The chosen of Your holy eyes

There is no reason for sorrow

For death and pain have passed away

Forever will we live in Your kingdom

For You are the light the day

Come into the Holy of Holies

Washed by the Blood of the Lamb

Welcome to the City of Angels

The home of the Great I Am

 

“Conflicted” by Joshua Hall-Ontiveros

Scrambled thoughts with mixed emotions,

Wish I didn’t walk the path that was chosen.

Hard to give up the ways I know best,

Guess it’s time to put my faith to the test.

Even through prayer my mind draws blanks

These racing thoughts make it hard to think.

Where would I be, if only I was good?

Would I still been tempted to be from the hood?

I’ve begged God to help with this confliction,

Even with the odds against me on my conviction.

But all I got was silence and sleepless nights,

19 years without my daughter in my life.

I guess it all happens for a reason, this life we live

I’ll keep striving to receive God’s eternal gift,

but at this moment I BEG GOD, PLEASE,

To take all these confliction out of me.

 

Jesus Is My All In All by John Lee

Jesus is my Savior

Jesus is my Lord

Jesus is my all in all

I rest within His Word

Jesus is my brother

Jesus is my friend

Jesus is my all in all

On Him I can depend

Jesus is my Lord above

Jesus fills my heart with love

Jesus is my all indeed

Jesus is truly all I need

Jesus is my King of kings

Jesus is my Lord of lords

Jesus brought me into life

Jesus saves me from all strife

Jesus, God and Son of man

Jesus is the “Great I Am”

Jesus died to set us free

On that hill called Calvary

 

Living by David Martinez

One day, one night our Lord gave life

For us to do His will all the time

And we will receive eternal life.

No death we pass the test.

We pick up a ticket straight to Heaven

Where the devil can’t get us

And God gives us blessings,

& Jesus gives teaching.

Where not a soul is grieving

and everything is plenty.

So now I say to give God praise

And thank Him for living every day.

 

Praying by Martin Martinez
Eyes closed and head bowed
My grandma, rest in peace, I bet is proud,
Since I’m no longer loud and with wrong crowd.
History repeats itself, resurrection near
Where’s help?
I believe in 1 Corinthians 13:13,

I’ll let God let be and one day I’ll be seen.
Am I able to be obedient to God?

I been trying and striving and that’s on God.
Bless my flesh as I always give my best.
Although God and poetry saved my life,

Then why pain and strife my wife?
Pray for the life like thats like ball in ping pong,
This is as real as it gets – this no song.
Father God bless the prisoner who,
Incarcerated or not incarcerated,
we all need saving

And let being hated become faded.
I’m your multi-race son but let me in

When your kingdom comes,
And forgive me for some of what I call fun,
My life restricted and I’m convicted
for my sins back then…..
Done!!

 

 

 

Somedays by Larry Sage

Not everyday will be the greatest, nor will it be the best.

Not everyday will be recess, some days will be a test.

Not everyday will be one you’re able to forget, or one that you want to remember.

Not everyday ends as fast as you want it to, and a day can’t last forever.

Not everyday will you feel loved, but there will come a day when you fall in love.

Not everyday will you feel sadness, some days will be the ones you dreamed of.

Not everyday will be a heartache, one day though I fear your heart will break.

Not everyday will be this way, trust in God, He will not give you more than you can take.

Not everyday will life be a party, sometimes you have to take the time to grow.

Not everyday can you be high, you can’t get high if you’re never low.

Not everyday will you wake up strong, neither will you wake up feeling weak.

Not everyday will you find the words to say, sometimes it’s better not to speak.

Not everyday will you do the right thing, there will come a time when you fall.

Not everyday will be a gamble, but on the days it is, be careful not to bet it all.

Not everyday seems significant or important, although you never know what a day might hold.

Not everyday do you need to take risks, though some days do favor the bold.

Not everyday will go the way you want it; trust me life never seems fair.

Not everyday will you want to live on, but never lose your will to care, have faith God is there.

Not everyday is all about you, when you realize this you can appreciate things more.

Not everyday do you need to be noticed, is living for yourself what you’re living for?

Not everyday do you need to be selfish, at any time you can change,

Your selflessness can start today.

Not everyday do you realize your purpose in life, but that day could be today,

Just close your eyes open your heart and pray.

 

 

Transformation by Phillip Watts add picture

As a kid my upbringing had taught me to not discuss how you feel,

But it was plenty ok to talk to others about the guy who just got killed.

Feelings were shown yet never expressed, this is the code of the street.

If you exposed yourself, said what you thought, then this was considered weak.

As an adult you may say to yourself that I was truly a fool.

Yet, I was a boy with misguided principles, I didn’t make up the rules.

I was deeply entrenched in an ideology that today I would consider madness.

But the hurt I endured was real, my heart was full of sadness.

As I grew older in life this concept was hard to let go.

Everyone around me tells me that this is the time to grow.

I’ve grappled with this question that has lingered like the face of a clown,

Should I take the blame for teachings that my environment has handed down?

Now that I’ve morphed into this new man I can question in the room,

I am free to think for myself, I no longer live in a cocoon.

I have learned that love can be healthy. I’ve developed a particular kind of style.

I can diffuse any situation if I approach it with only a smile.

The number one rule where I come from is this…you must never begin to assume.

The mistake you’ll find is equal to that of lighting a match in a gas filled room.

From this I gather strength, the strength to carry on.

But when I’m called to leave here I’ll need you to finish my song.

Until then I’ll carry the torch, so “ALL” will be able to see

That the impact of love is for everyone, for you as well as me.

So join me. Let’s round up the masses, and educate them whole heartedly.

Teach them to share their love and express it openly.

Compassion then was linked to a struggle like that of a fish swimming upstream.

My transformation hasn’t been easy at all…If you’ve been there, you know what I mean.

 

 

 

Succeed by Kevin Bonilla

Great Idea. Red Tape!

Unnatural talent. No funds.

Overcome road blocks…

-Because-

Where there is the will

There’s most certainly a way.

Yes you can do it!

-Faith-

Positive thinkers

Outnumber negative ones

By a great margin!

-Always-

Stay focused, work hard.

Have a plan and stick to it.

You will reap rewards!

Succeed –

 

If I Could by John Coney

(To My Family)

If I could take it all back,

The damage that I’ve done.

The lives that I’ve hurt,

The road on which I’ve come.

If I could make an exchange,

And give my life for their pain.

If I could erase the dark past,

The hurtful shadow I have cast.

If I could forfeit my life,

And lift their veil of tears.

And remove the dark memories,

Of the destructive costly years.

If I could heal their broken hearts,

And the torments of their mind.

And replace their joy and peace,

That I stole when I was blind.

I know that only God

Can do what I cannot.

The damage I have wrought.

 

D.O.C. by Greg Ennis a

Prayer warriors, ministers of the Word

Soldiers in the army of Christ

Letters from the front line

No!

Letters from within the enemy’s camp

She gets them all

She has heard the gruesome tales

Anguished cries have touched her heart

She prays for the comfort of many

Prays that our understanding be biblical

We need to be thankful for this lady

Such a refreshing soul

A friend to me and others

Letters from within the enemy’s camp

They flow into her office and heart

We are blessed to have her in our lives

Bless her in the name of Jesus

And those also who work alongside her

We thank you, Father, for DeAnn

Mom’s and sister to all

We are the ones being blessed.

 

Holy of Holies by Chris Grabek

Father how we adore You

How for us You made a way

Washed in the blood of Your mercy

To You we will ever pray

Thank you Father for Jesus

His sacrifice paid my price

Forever magnify His glory

The chosen of Your holy eyes

There is no reason for sorrow

For death and pain have passed away

Forever will we live in Your kingdom

For You are the light the day

Come into the Holy of Holies

Washed by the Blood of the Lamb

Welcome to the City of Angels

The home of the Great I Am

 

“Conflicted” by Joshua Hall-Ontiveros

Scrambled thoughts with mixed emotions,

Wish I didn’t walk the path that was chosen.

Hard to give up the ways I know best,

Guess it’s time to put my faith to the test.

Even through prayer my mind draws blanks

These racing thoughts make it hard to think.

Where would I be, if only I was good?

Would I still been tempted to be from the hood?

I’ve begged God to help with this confliction,

Even with the odds against me on my conviction.

But all I got was silence and sleepless nights,

19 years without my daughter in my life.

I guess it all happens for a reason, this life we live

I’ll keep striving to receive God’s eternal gift,

but at this moment I BEG GOD, PLEASE,

To take all these confliction out of me.

 

Jesus Is My All In All by John Lee

Jesus is my Savior

Jesus is my Lord

Jesus is my all in all

I rest within His Word

Jesus is my brother

Jesus is my friend

Jesus is my all in all

On Him I can depend

Jesus is my Lord above

Jesus fills my heart with love

Jesus is my all indeed

Jesus is truly all I need

Jesus is my King of kings

Jesus is my Lord of lords

Jesus brought me into life

Jesus saves me from all strife

Jesus, God and Son of man

Jesus is the “Great I Am”

Jesus died to set us free

On that hill called Calvary

 

Living by David Martinez

One day, one night our Lord gave life

For us to do His will all the time

And we will receive eternal life.

No death we pass the test.

We pick up a ticket straight to Heaven

Where the devil can’t get us

And God gives us blessings,

& Jesus gives teaching.

Where not a soul is grieving

and everything is plenty.

So now I say to give God praise

And thank Him for living every day.

 

Praying by Martin Martinez
Eyes closed and head bowed
My grandma, rest in peace, I bet is proud,
Since I’m no longer loud and with wrong crowd.
History repeats itself, resurrection near
Where’s help?
I believe in 1 Corinthians 13:13,

I’ll let God let be and one day I’ll be seen.
Am I able to be obedient to God?

I been trying and striving and that’s on God.
Bless my flesh as I always give my best.
Although God and poetry saved my life,

Then why pain and strife my wife?
Pray for the life like thats like ball in ping pong,
This is as real as it gets – this no song.
Father God bless the prisoner who,
Incarcerated or not incarcerated,
we all need saving

And let being hated become faded.
I’m your multi-race son but let me in

When your kingdom comes,
And forgive me for some of what I call fun,
My life restricted and I’m convicted
for my sins back then…..
Done!!

 

 

 

Somedays by Larry Sage

Not everyday will be the greatest, nor will it be the best.

Not everyday will be recess, some days will be a test.

Not everyday will be one you’re able to forget, or one that you want to remember.

Not everyday ends as fast as you want it to, and a day can’t last forever.

Not everyday will you feel loved, but there will come a day when you fall in love.

Not everyday will you feel sadness, some days will be the ones you dreamed of.

Not everyday will be a heartache, one day though I fear your heart will break.

Not everyday will be this way, trust in God, He will not give you more than you can take.

Not everyday will life be a party, sometimes you have to take the time to grow.

Not everyday can you be high, you can’t get high if you’re never low.

Not everyday will you wake up strong, neither will you wake up feeling weak.

Not everyday will you find the words to say, sometimes it’s better not to speak.

Not everyday will you do the right thing, there will come a time when you fall.

Not everyday will be a gamble, but on the days it is, be careful not to bet it all.

Not everyday seems significant or important, although you never know what a day might hold.

Not everyday do you need to take risks, though some days do favor the bold.

Not everyday will go the way you want it; trust me life never seems fair.

Not everyday will you want to live on, but never lose your will to care, have faith God is there.

Not everyday is all about you, when you realize this you can appreciate things more.

Not everyday do you need to be noticed, is living for yourself what you’re living for?

Not everyday do you need to be selfish, at any time you can change,

Your selflessness can start today.

Not everyday do you realize your purpose in life, but that day could be today,

Just close your eyes open your heart and pray.

 

 

Transformation by Phillip Watts add picture

As a kid my upbringing had taught me to not discuss how you feel,

But it was plenty ok to talk to others about the guy who just got killed.

Feelings were shown yet never expressed, this is the code of the street.

If you exposed yourself, said what you thought, then this was considered weak.

As an adult you may say to yourself that I was truly a fool.

Yet, I was a boy with misguided principles, I didn’t make up the rules.

I was deeply entrenched in an ideology that today I would consider madness.

But the hurt I endured was real, my heart was full of sadness.

As I grew older in life this concept was hard to let go.

Everyone around me tells me that this is the time to grow.

I’ve grappled with this question that has lingered like the face of a clown,

Should I take the blame for teachings that my environment has handed down?

Now that I’ve morphed into this new man I can question in the room,

I am free to think for myself, I no longer live in a cocoon.

I have learned that love can be healthy. I’ve developed a particular kind of style.

I can diffuse any situation if I approach it with only a smile.

The number one rule where I come from is this…you must never begin to assume.

The mistake you’ll find is equal to that of lighting a match in a gas filled room.

From this I gather strength, the strength to carry on.

But when I’m called to leave here I’ll need you to finish my song.

Until then I’ll carry the torch, so “ALL” will be able to see

That the impact of love is for everyone, for you as well as me.

So join me. Let’s round up the masses, and educate them whole heartedly.

Teach them to share their love and express it openly.

Compassion then was linked to a struggle like that of a fish swimming upstream.

My transformation hasn’t been easy at all…If you’ve been there, you know what I mean.

 

 

 

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