Last Dance

With an empty stare she gracefully glides to center stage. With the rhythm of the music fueling her motions, she attaches herself to the pole. Drenched in self-loathing, she removes her bikini top, exposing more than just flesh. Her values and dignity have been placed on display. This is how she earns the income to…

Real Life

He was a block bleeder, til he started smoking rocks Nine yrs. old thinking she wants me, she wants me not One was his moms and the other his pops How could this child love these people he couldn’t be near To them he was invisible livin his childhood lost in fear But God gave…

What really matters

Are you Christian? Does it matter, these children are hungry help me feed them. Are you Muslim? I said, it doesn’t matter, these children are malnourished, they are starving, help me feed them correctly. Are you a democrat? Does it really matter? These children are lost help me lead them. Are you a republican? It…

Monster in the closet

It is strange that as a culture we no longer find it disdainful for this ghetto mentality to be representative of us. While surviving oppression we adapted to the circumstances forced onto us. In this adaptation we became too familiar with the streets, too familiar with drugs and crime. Our perspectives grew distorted and perverse,…

Gifted

Jason: Enoch, I’ve watched you grow and change from that rascal into a good man. I read many of your writings.  Hell, I even know your mother. You know I am not a bad guy, but answer me this.  Why all the losses in my life? I mean I’m sitting on my second two-year parole denial,…

Collective Love Letter

To all of my daughters, nieces, little sisters and young home girls, this is your collective love letter. My niece, JaLynn, asked me to explain the importance of girls loving themselves. So, here I am attempting to give you the truth of who you are and who you one day will become. First, I need…

A Good Man

A “good man” never beat his wife. He didn’t bring his dirt from the streets to his own front door. A good man didn’t talk about God or salvation with his children. He worked his salvation as an example.  A good man didn‘t get high around his children nor allow them to see him too…

Emergence of S.I.L.K-E

To me her position in life has always been uncertain, even though she was always in the perfect position to learn from others mistakes.  She made her own mistakes. Her environment helped to mature her in ways that only women from the ghettos of America can relate to. Seeing her sisters’ pregnancies, abusive relationships, misrepresentations…

What is Your Prison?

For the past sixteen (16) years, prison has been one of brick and steel. I was incarcerated in 2001 for aggravated robbery. At thirty-six (36) years old I have been imprisoned for most of my life. Yet, these past two years I’ve learned to live life while confined. I have learned that my incarceration began…

Come Walk With Me (part 2)

The most important step in a person’s life is the next step, so come walk with me. I’m talking to you with that pistol in your hand and that hurt in your heart, put it down and walk with me. We’ll do this together, we’ll deal with the pain. You with that dope in your…