Archive for December, 2009

The Standing Ground #3 – December 19, 2009

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The Standing Ground #2 – December 12, 2009

Posted in Prison Poetry & Other Writings, Prison Radio, Prison Reform, Prison Voices with tags , , , , , , , on December 21, 2009 by viprisonproject

VI Prison Project’s Own Radio Show

Posted in Prison Radio, Prison Reform, Prison Voices with tags , , , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by viprisonproject

The Standing Ground #1 – December 5, 2009

Posted in Prison Poetry & Other Writings, Prison Radio, Prison Reform, Prison Voices with tags , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by viprisonproject

“Slow Tears”

Posted in Prison Poetry & Other Writings with tags , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by viprisonproject

I look up
as tears roll by slowly down my cheek
I think about better days
and wonder if I’ll feel that way again
you talk to me with the sweet lovely voice
That I know so very well
always serious, so deep and insightful
as though your always in control

But not today not now
Now I can imagine your so scared
Like for once you don’t have the answer
I think about you thinking deep about what you always do
Hoping to understand and why you said those things you did

I wonder for a moment
If I shall wake in the morning and be revealed
you look at me
with a confusion I have never seen.
Slowly pulls me toward you and wipe the tears
from my cheek!!!

– Alie Benjamin
Virgin Islands Prisoner at Keen Mountain Correctional Center
Oakwood, VA

Look Up!

Posted in Prison Poetry & Other Writings, Prison Voices with tags , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by viprisonproject

Look up… Because in times like these your very life may depend on it.  Some time ago ‘Jah’ showed me that a spirit of weariness is trying to work its way into our lives through all the pressure and bad news that surrounds us.  It’s working to get our eyes off the word ‘Jah’ by bombarding us with negative forces.  Its trying to get us to look down at defeat instead of up at ‘Jah’.

If you let that happen, your spirit man will begin to lose his dominion.  And the Word tells us what the results of that is.  It says you’ll be wearied and faint in your minds. ‘Jah’ put it this way in Mark 4.  He said that when the cares of the world enter into your heart and mind, they’ll choke the Word and cause it to become unfruitful.  And since your faith is the product of the Word, that means your faith will wither.  Once that happens you are headed for disaster. What can you don to stop this chain reaction of weariness?

Look up!  Get your eyes back on ‘Jah’.  I remember on the field of athletic competition that when an opponent allowed himself to drop his head, he was no longer dangerous.  So keep your head up, keep considering ‘Jah’ the author and finisher of your faith.  Consider Him instead of the cares of this world.

Consider what ‘Jah’ says in His Words.  Be moved by the thoughts of ‘Jah’.  Let His thoughts become your thoughts.  Look up! Get your eyes off the circumstances around you and onto your Heavenly Source.  Don’t be afraid you’re going to lose everything.  ‘Jah’ is your source, not the world.  He can take care of you, regardless of what happens around you.

If you’ve gotten weary lately, begin to lift your eyes.  Raise your head up instead of looking down. ‘Jah is up. The Devil is down – under your feet
Look up!  Isaiah 40:21-31

-Arturo Cruz Sr.
Virgin Islands Prisoner at Wallens Ridge State Prison
Big Stone Gap, VA

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Posted in Prison Poetry & Other Writings, Prison Voices with tags , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2009 by viprisonproject

The Virgin Islands, root of
all dreams, It’s like hope
and fire.

Three crowns in the Caribbean
surrounded by clear blue water.

The Virgin Islands, St. Croix
St. Thomas and St. John
Gorgeous as rubies with all its
splendor.

Land of no owners, where people
are humble and kind.

A proud people who won’t give
it up for anything.

The Virgin Islands this is
where I have my family
and friends.

-Julio Perez
Virgin Islands’ Prisoner at Wallens Ridge State Prison
Big Stone Gap, VA