Looking In, Looking Out: Voices From Inside


11.4.09candlesOnce a week for the next two months, The Crime Report is publishing writing by young people incarcerated in Illinois. “Looking In, Looking Out: Reflections of Youth Changing Their Lives” was compiled by the John Howard Association of Illinois and features poetry, essays and artwork. This week a poem by C.M., 20, entitled “Time for Change.”


Have you ever prayed to God and never got any response,
You get off your knees counting another day, another month…
Looking out the window into the bright sun,
Frozen by your lonely thoughts.

You dream of family on special days – birthdays or holidays,
But memories fade away by morning,
When you hear the sound of the guard's keys.

Pain is hard 'cause when it finally hits you – it leaves an unfixable scar.
Deep down inside your heart – you know jail is breaking you apart.
You can't keep the fantasy world from the real world.

You're down once again prayin' to God 'cause it's the end of the day,
Before you lay down you realize that life aint the same,
So it has to be time for my life to change.

–C.M., 20

Photo by Rachel Titiriga via Flickr

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