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Student Work Wednesday

Things I Will Do…

Graduate college
Become a famous fashion designer/have my own brand
Buy a house
Buy a BMW Xg or a wagon Benz
Buy my mother a house
Get my son through college
Live in LA or ATL
Give back to my ‘hood
Be a role model to my city
Attend church every Sunday
Buy my father a house
Get my grandmother a huge tombstone
Move my little brothers from around here to attend better schools
Get married
Travel to every state
Travel to every country
Take cruises
Take my family to Disney World.

Collaborative Poem

In class last week we got happy! We worked on our metaphors and tried to define happiness:

Happiness is…

Opening day at Wrigley Field
My family’s faces when I take them out to eat
When I hear little Jack repeat something I taught him
Riding my Jigster up and down Madison Street
A sexual climax
Knowing I have a second chance at life outside of jail
The sound of silence
Working the job of your dreams
Getting past the pain
Getting my high school diploma for my parents
Being at the movies with my girlfriend
The Cubs winning the World Series
When I see my son smile

A Peek Inside Our Class

Below, a few students describe the room in which we hold class at the jail:

Six people plus me sharing wisdom from poems each has an interpretation we live in a dog eat dog world. Goodness still overcomes evil thank god for good people the walls are white and tall hard as stone and cannot fall I hear breathing the breath of life the suns getting low it will soon be night solitude and quietness is a peace I like rather day or night thoughts of peace in my mind and how I’m going to occupy time.

This room is the best room in the jail because fellowship, the bible study, the mentor, and I can be by myself and to express myself and watch TV.

Eight cinder blocks wide by twelve cinder blocks long. Suffused with the spirit of Pentecostal meetings to celebrate biblical stories, Christ financial code and the place of God among the tenants of AA and NA.

Place of refuge to create by writing; my one and only creative act of the last six months. Secluded discussion and refuge from Cos that feel free to intrude in every nook and cranny we are otherwise privileged to inhabit here in jail.

Echoing tile floors and painted concrete walls reverberate with discussion and discourse, leaving me free for exactly 90 minutes a week from reality TV, sports, and vapid game shows.

Royal blue and gray plastic tables with matching plastic lawn chairs. Locked entrance and egress seems more to bar staff outside than keep us in.

TV cart, blank screen and a white board with a matrix and magic markers inviting a little highlighted PowerPoint emphasis in red ink. Nirvana on the second floor, home away from home, hope in a box that echoes.

Opportunistic artificial bland facilitator refuge dead end cold uninviting enlightening amusing entertaining catalyst hard influential constructive blessing white blue gray insightful green black brown beige orange silver yellow pink cream dirty inanimate orderly positive productive outlet mundane

Seven souls within four cinderblock walls. Come together to share thoughts, experiences, and writing. Together we share seven different views from life. The neutral colors of the walls are uninspired which have us reach into our memories and minds for imagery. Verbally we bring them to life for the others.

In such a bland uninspiring room our imaginations bring the room to life.

Student Work Wednesday

A Letter by Jose
My dear beloved forever,
I am writing this letter of profound love and affection to let you know how very happy and pleased I am in your newfound success. It has been a long time I have been able to feel the rapturous ecstasy of your goodness and kindness to my utmost fulfillment of joy and justice to your true believer in you. Though it has been awhile sin2000px-Chicago_Cubs_Logo_svgce I have been with you I want you to know your love of what you do in such a deep and life lasting way has given me hope. And all who love and care for your good calling in providences favor on you. Doubt and sadness no longer cover me like an impenetrable fog of darkness. So thank you. I wish you the best and most divine prospects in your, and all your loved one’s future, including me.
With undying love yours…
Go Cubs Go!