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Hello Junior,

People are your most valuable asset. You should not judge a person by their appearance because you may be surprised what they know and have experienced.

People can be harmful to you. Just because you are with someone every day doesn’t mean they will not physically assault you. People will tell others what you told them in private. Don’t stay in relationships that are dysfunctional and full of conflict. Walk out the door and don’t come back until you learn how to behave. 

The woman that refuses to separate from you or will do questionable things for you may be the one meant for you. With the woman that provides for you, create something that will bind you together. People from your past will express care for you later on in life. 

Just because you have an idea that something is true or will happen doesn’t mean it will happen or is true. Tomorrow is unpredictable. 

Some of your thoughts that come to mind are not to be followed or expressed. Take heed to the warning signs in your life such as getting arrested or being personally assaulted. Things that you hide or keep secret that you are ashamed of will create tension for your mind and emotions until you reveal them.

Focus and concentration will treat you right. Appreciate what you have, don’t take it for granted. If you do you may, later on, try to get it back again. Recall occurrences as they occur for memory. Religion, money, politics are hot topics. 

Be careful with giving your word and making promises; once you speak them they become a bond. Pay attention in school now so you will not have to finish it later as an adult. Duplicate your moves once you reveal them. People will follow. 

From your father,
Kenneth Moore

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Kenneth Moore is an African-American writer and poet. He is the author of the book “Subconscious Poetry” (available at and has had one of his poems published in the book “Silent Screams: Poems from Uncharted Territory” by Dr. Unique Shaw-Smith. He is incarcerated in California.