July 20, 2013

Mama, Your Child Cries No More

by Jesus Andrade (author's profile)


Mama, your child cries no more

I've wiped my tears.
I pray I not be consoled by past years
Memories of childhood spent on prison tiers
Years dripping out of me like prison juice eating away cement
Men dangling from ropes, shampoo at their feet
Only though you have once you've faced defeat
No time to eat, no time to sleep
Just scream; because I've gotten no letters
Only friend I've got is the mirror
But he deceives me; tells me lies
Hair turning grey, wrinkles under my eyes
I don't believe
Where have my years gone to?
My years are cracking away like these prison walls
Look inside my eyes is prison raw
I've accepted my destiny
Mama, I cry no more.

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CJP Posted 9 years, 2 months ago. ✓ Mailed 9 years, 2 months ago   Favorite
Thanks for writing! I finished the transcription for your post.

ESLER Posted 8 years, 10 months ago. ✓ Mailed 8 years, 9 months ago   Favorite

I have really enjoyed reading your posts! It takes me back to a time when I once told one of my ESL students at Southeast Middle School in Winston that he was truly a gifted writer! I was captivated by his stories
(remember "Charlie"?), but soon young Jesus went to high school, and I never saw him again.

I must say that I am STUNNED by how incredibly your writing has matured! Congratulations on your beautiful poetry!

I am still teaching and once again have some students who are at turning points in their lives. I'm very concerned about them, and I think they might benefit greatly from the wisdom of your perspective. I hope you won't mind if I share your poems with them.

Thank you again for sharing your gifts.

Warmest regards,

Ms. Renegar

charlottelouise Posted 8 years, 9 months ago. ✓ Mailed 8 years, 9 months ago   Favorite
what a beautiful poem.

miguel Posted 8 years, 8 months ago. ✓ Mailed 8 years, 8 months ago   Favorite
Que onda Jesus,

It's me, Miguel. I've got to say this poem is my favorite one from many of your piece's of literature. I have never been to prison, although with this image you drew in my head, there is no need to. I have never met you, but Valeria has told me many positive things about you, she gets so excited talking about you and when you call her , she has a glow in her eyes.I hope I have the honor to meet you soon, because you seem to know the pain and sacrifice's of life and the never ending struggle it is to live without the security of knowing your future is safe. I have read all your poems and they all seem captivating and I know that I'll soon be seeing you.

Till then I send you my best regards and pray that you can be re-united with your family .

Until next time , Miguel.

Jesus Andrade Posted 8 years, 8 months ago.     1 Favorite
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ESLER Posted 8 years, 8 months ago. ✓ Mailed 8 years, 7 months ago   Favorite

I was so surprised to hear from you! Your letter was so beautiful and touching, I could hardly read it through my tears. You can't imagine how profoundly it affected me.

It's humbling to think that I may have played a part in helping you recognize one of your talents, especially one that is so important to you now. For me, there is no greater reward than that of knowing I made a difference in the life of a student. It's why I get up every day and put up with all the 'craziness!'

I remember you had a few crazy moments, too! You always did something to make me smile! You were so full of life and energy (and mischief at times!) You were a good kid, but there was more to it than that. It was so easy to like you, and when I started reading your stories, I understood why. You had a heart of gold!

I am so very glad that you've rediscovered that part of yourself and that you are sharing it. I look forward to reading more of your stories and poems when you are ready to share them.

Again, thank you so very much, Jesus. Your letter will stand forever as a pinnacle of my career and my life. Miles de gracias!

Warmest regards,
Ms. Renegar

Jesus Andrade Posted 8 years, 6 months ago.   Favorite
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