Archive for June, 2009

“Sensi”

Posted in Prisoner Art with tags , on June 26, 2009 by viprisonproject

Sensi

Pen & Ink by Mario Bell #372183
Wallens Ridge State Prison, VA

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DREAD BLACKS

Posted in Prisoner Photographs with tags , , , , on June 3, 2009 by viprisonproject

Dread Blacks

“Dread Blacks of Lewisburg”

“Think Before You Act”

Posted in Prison Poetry & Other Writings with tags , , on June 3, 2009 by viprisonproject

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: right now is a time for healing and building up after weeping and mourning.

My name is Antonio “Pasha” Rosado and I am a prisoner of the Virgin Islands, lock away in Wallens Ridge Virginia supermax prison…

I was here reading the Avis newspaper and run across a story about children being shot while on the school bus… I know everyone that is a parent feel that to heart, cuz I am thousands of miles away and I feel that.  So to all the Gun Man dem, all the Men dem that don’t turn the next cheek, Please be careful when busting your guns because your son or daughter or niece or nephew can be the one sitting on that bus.

Please think before you act and try to reason with your Brother Man before you pick up your guns.  Because, I can tell you sitting in a cell “23” hours a day  is no fun.

So, Youth Men use your brain and enjoy your freedom….

Truly,
Ras Pasha – #390993
Wallens Ridge State Prison, VA

“Message for the Class of 2009”

Posted in Prison Poetry & Other Writings with tags , , on June 3, 2009 by viprisonproject

After reading the article on Governor de Jongh ‘s recent inquiry on the subject of poverty, what immediately came to mind are the numerous graduating classes of 2009 that are about to commence on a future occupational venture.  In these uncertain economic times trepidation may dominate optimism as you embark on a journey with raised expectations.  But as you become cognizant of the competitive job market, and your character and qualifications are tested, adversity or betrayed expectation should not be a hindrance toward the goals you’ve set out to achieve.

To have negative thoughts gain roots shall only borne apathy or cynicism in your heart.  From the start, cloak yourselves with a sentient mentality that Government, with its myopic policies and lack of infrastructure, will not be the only solution.  The present administration may be more empathetic with your plight, as witnessed by some of the initiatives taken, but without any comprehensive objective its response to this issue is merely latent.  There is no “easy button” to press, so shake off from the mind and the soul and propensity of being overwhelmed with melancholy or pessimism.  Push on with a domineering spirit, confident in your skills and obligations, and civilized society will embrace you suitably.

Mark “Abba Natty” King – #391097
Keen Mountain Correctional Center, VA