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All about life after jail

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All about life after jail

Life is hard and then you die
in the meantime you mostly cry
It seems to me that you have been changed
your attitude somewhat rearranged
The place you've been is not so nice
and a terrible place to seek advice
All who go there have had a hard life
full of grief and constant strife
They think they know what to do to survive
but they are not living - they are merely alive
That place is rife with takers trying to live in the strife
neither knowing how to give nor how to live life
You are different from them I know
and you have important places to go
Listen carefully to those who really care
they're the ones that can get you there
How it is now is not how it's supposed to be
you are actually supposed to be free
Free always to be who you are - yourself
and never to be put on a shelf

Only you can find the answers you seek
and it will certainly take more than a week
Hard work is coming of that be certain
I pray you put away your fear and raise that curtain

The curtain you closed to create the blind
to tearfully cower and hide behind.
The time is now for the light to shine on you
and light the way for the life you want for you.

All that’s left now is to do the crying 
and please know you’re not really dying.
It is a part of life and it’s truly a life worth living
especially when you start giving

Giving freely with no concern 
knowing there'll likely be nothing in return
That is truly a life worth living - a life of love and learning
to put finally to rest that painful burning

So there you have what many believe
a concept I pray you are of a mind to receive
You’ll make the right choices on that you should depend 
and know always my love and friendship will never end.

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  1. Date: 1/6/2014 12:20:00 AM
    Mel, ... CONGRATULATIONS:) on having your poem featured on the soups HOME PAGE. A nice way in starting the year:)- Goodnight poet friend <3 =LINDA

  1. Date: 1/6/2014 12:16:00 AM
    All my life I have had family members in and out of jail and I wish that they had a chance to read this; such a bright perspective from a dark place. Great poem.

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 5:20:00 PM
    This is really nice, I love the way it is written and the words you chose. :)

  1. Date: 7/23/2013 11:17:00 PM
    Hi Mel, i don't know about jail... glad you are sincere... LINDA