Stone statue of a figure hugging it's legs
Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash

We all have a purpose, though I’m still searching
and investing in prayers; ain’t nothing else working.
This a game of life, I’m one of many pieces
like sand in the hourglass, see, time never ceases.
Destiny a foggy mirror, its reflection can’t be seen.
The world is unforgiving, what does that even mean?
Life’s a large puzzle, I’m awed by the scale.
How can it balance me and hammer every nail?
I’m battling behemoths, they got me by surprise
waiting on a victory, right now I’m paralysed.
Failure had come over me, since that’s what I fear.
“I can stop the pain,” death’s the voice that I hear.
That’s passion in his tone. My doubt makes me wonder.
Failure’s been my issue, soon he’ll take me under.
Do I make a stand as a broken man?
Why so many obstacles? I fail to understand.
If one week is agony, how do I last a year?
My voice is saying “FATHER,” what if HE don’t appear?
Did HE forget my voice, I’m calling from my heart —
did I lose connection? I suffered on my part.
Faith, yeah, I got it; I try to let it show.
I cry just a little when I think of letting go.
I’ve been falsely accused and sexually abused,
came back from suicide, and still not amused,
assaulted and shot at: that’s just a few
of things I’ve survived. Death’s overdue.
These details were private, if you didn’t know,
and I feel like crying, but I’m not letting go.

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.

Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under a Creative Commons license.


Inervoyce is a writer incarcerated in Missouri. He writes under a pseudonym.