This Time


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A poem about prison. One of my first ones.

This Time

Just lying here in this cold dark cell.

I reflect on fourteen years of hell.

Now I'm facing fifteen more

for stepping through that outlaw door.

Looking back at all the pain.

Why didn't I just use my brain?

And someday parole will come for me.

But then how old will my kids be?

So here and now I make up my mind.

To go home a different man this time.


Phillip G. Inman


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ApaqRasgirl commented on This Time


that was wonderful dear friend. keep that light in your heart and you will come back a better person, never give up hope.......great write. thanks for sharing love asha



I am home, have been for almost four years. thank you for reading, commenting and adding me as a friend.

Mandi commented on This Time


I respect your honesty, Phil. But, for a different childhood, who knows what may have been my future. After reading your profile , I guess this is a true to life poem, is it not? I like the rythym and the rhyming, the lines make perfect sense and it isn't flowery but down to earth language. I am grateful that you chose not to use the course language of your environment. That shows you have a little class . Everyone needs to have a little class. It makes your poetry open and available to all levels of readers that way.



thank you I do use some vulgarity in some of my writing. But I attempt not too use it often.

Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you or else it is nothing, an empty formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations.

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