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Forgotten youth,
Childish dreams and aspirations, 
Blind to the truth.

Unaware of their potential,
Trading school yards for prison bars,
Forgotten youth.

The system robs the nation of the next generation
By lack of knowledge and education,
Blind to the truth.

Raised in broken homes, seeking love and affirmation,
Brainwashed by foolish gangs, racism, and hatred, 
Forgotten youth.

Prison politics, tattoos, scars, and prison yards,
Growing up in a cage, full of rage,
Blind to the truth.

Willing now to get out and go home,
Finding balance, peace, and OK with being alone.
Don’t be blind to the truth,
The world has too many forgotten youth.

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Rudy Raymond Chavez

Rudy Raymond Chavez is a writer who was incarcerated in 2006, when he was 17 years old. Writing has been an escape for him and he thanks all the educators. He is currently at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Corcoran.