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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Convicts Get A New Start with Starting Over Strong

Starting Over Strong is a Nonprofit organization out of Butte County that helps former criminals get their record expunged. I've always appreciated their efforts and their work in the public. In their honor and out of support, I am working on a new poetry project for their benefit.

A Prisoner's Heart is a collection of poetry that will be available within the next 4 months. A portion of the proceeds will be going to Starting Over Strong.

Here is an excerpt from the project:


DEBILITATING

A diagnosis
Force a bright smile
Fade away and hide
Easy-going manner
Perplexed, overtaken
Furrowed brows of disbelief
A life so short
Far shorter now
Dismal
No parental support
Unavailable to know
Orphaned so long ago
Heart-breaking news
Debilitating disease
Needles can bring
At only seventeen.

I look forward to sharing this process and journey with my readers and friends. Thank you for your support and for reading my poem.

Your Neighborhood Poet,

Jessi