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I look up to the stars, only see the sky falling,
I listen in my mind, and I hear wind calling:
Freedom

Awake to realize,
It was my dreams telling lies
Oh, how I agonize

I slip into despair —
For these eyes have not seen stars,
In how many years?

Tears build up,
Fears fill up,
My mind
Will I ever have my time?
Freedom

Will I ever be able to live these thoughts in freedom,
Behind steel doors is where they tell me I belong,
Along with leg shackles and handcuffs.

“To help me right my wrongs,”
Shock therapy, systematic abuse,
To make sure they keep it in my mind.
That I will never be of use,
Freedom, it’s a constant struggle.

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Mwalimu Shakur

Mwalimu Shakur is a writer incarcerated in California. He writes under a pen name.