" Do you know what makes prisons disappear? Every deep genuine affection. Being friends, being brothers, loving, that is what opens the prison, with supreme power, by some magic force. Without these one stays dead. But whenever affection is revived, there life revives."

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Unanswered prayers; by D. Cooper

Unanswered prayers

Day and night I pray for mail.
Are my prayers always destined to fail?
All day long my hopes are high,
only to be let down by the night`s sky.

I only long to hear from you each day,
my prayers must be answered somehow, some way.
How Long has it been? Six, seven weeks now -
I`ve lost track of time with every frown.

I waited three months for mail at one time,
I had thought you`d forgotten me because of my crime.
afterwards, five weeks went slowly by
as I waited for a letter or a reply.

Then they called my bunk for mail that night,
A two page letter. What a sight!
I was so glad to hear from home
I`ve been surrounded yet felt completely alone.

The mail I get is spaced so far apart
it leaves just enough room for a broken heart
I draw and shade pictures to pass my time
all in hopes to get the family off my mind.

I begin to lose interest in all I do,
I become depressed when I think of you.
I stay in the Word to ignore depression,
I`ve begged over and over with so much passion.

What I beg for is not pictures or money, just a letter from you
For a letter can lift spirits and help see this time through.
I`ve got 45 years, that`s way too long to lose you now.
All the times I`ve been locked up, you`ve never let me down.

Stay beside me as long as you can,
I`ll continue praying, that`s my plan
I`m going to close this because I`m shedding tears,
unanswered prayers are my biggest fears.

Dustin Cooper
Gurney Unit, TX
Source: The Echo, May 2013

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