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Photo by Kees Streefkerk on Unsplash

One day you’re high,
One day you’re low,
One day you’re confused,
don’t know which way to go.

Blindsided by hardship,
that seems to come out of nowhere,
problem after problem,
seems like too much to bear.
They say God knows our limits,
we question if that’s true,
sometimes it takes more than faith,
to get this brother through.

On this roller coaster called life,
there is much to be learned,
the path is not always straight,
it has its twists and turns.
So, when you’re down don’t stay down,
get back up and strive,
though the storm came through,
don’t let it leave
its legacy

*This poem was reprinted from Jamsson Telisma’s book, “The Book of Spade.”

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Jamsson Telisma

Jamsson Telisma is a writer in his 20s, incarcerated at Sumter Correctional Institution. He has published a book called “The Book of Spade,” with three more books of poems and a children’s book awaiting final editing. He said his dream was to rescue young people who are “headed down the same self-destructive paths that I have traveled.”