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Act a fool young, get old, and life ain’t what it could be
Didn’t know actin’ a fool would do this to me
“Pray on it,” they say, “give it to God it won’t last”
It’s like a wound that’s hard to heal but I’m movin’ past
Open heart surgery, chest bust wide open
I want to go home. I need a date just keep hopin’
“Pray on it,” they say, “give it to God it won’t last”
It’s like a wound that’s hard to heal but I’m movin’ past
Fussin’ wit my people, I need to be more humble
Now they don’t visit as much. I think I’m in trouble
Love my girl wit all my heart, she tryin’ to stay true
Really don’t know how Roc feel inside, I don’t want to worry you
“Pray on it,” they say, “give it to God it won’t last”
It’s like a wound that’s hard to heal but I’m movin’ past
Every day push hard, head up! But deep inside a wreck
Won’t let nobody see these tears, try to keep ‘em in check
A word of encouragement would erase my irritation
Help me stay positive, move past this life’s frustration
“Pray on it,” they say, “give it to God it won’t last”
It’s like a wound that’s hard to heal but I’m movin’ past
Got a real good family, they been my backbone
They want it as bad as I do, for Roc to just come home
My woman a diamond, she still wear our wedding band
She doin’ time too, lovin’ me and holdin’ my hand
“Pray on it,” they say, “give it to God it won’t last”
It’s like a wound that’s hard to heal but I’m movin’ past
Shit don’t stand still, this time movin’ fast
Wake up each mornin’ feelin’ like a horses ass
Stand beside me till the end of time, hopefully, maybe
Soulmates from day one. Gods couple, you forever my baby
“Pray on it,” they say, “give it to God it won’t last”
It’s like a wound that’s hard to heal but I’m movin’ past
This life I lead is a challenge I know
Waitin’ till they open the gate — get out Roc just go
It’s coming y’all just hold on you’ll see
With all my heart thank you for hangin’ in there wit me
“Pray on it,” they say, “give it to God it won’t last”
It’s like a wound that’s hard to heal but I’m movin’ past

 
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Rocky Cole

Rocky Cole is a poet from West Covina, California. He has been incarcerated most of his life. He shares life’s ups and downs through his poetry. He currently resides at California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.