So Im on the yard sharing my boxing skills with a young energetic fella named
Byron, until one day, the student begins to teach me about his vision to
produce a zine from deathrow, Im no journalist, I write Raps and letters, thats
it, but youth on deathrow hear too many no's, and this was my chance to be more
like Ru-AL, and another man named Blue that said the word yes to a young me, when
I first got here.
Today, Byron's Write Or Die Zine Project is now near Ten issues published, and I'm
proud to be a part of the interview section of the zine because I get the chance
to sitdown and document unedited one on one conversation with people on California
Byron's idea to show our appreciation to Sister Kathy, and The St. John Bosco
Ministry, and the Congregation at The Holy Spirit Church in Fremont California for
having bakesales to donate Gods blessings to prisoners, must include one of our
interviews segments that we call @Golgatha, here, we talk to eachother about you.
So enjoy, as I walk over to the San Quentin Prison Legal Law Library with another
New Soul, a young man named Waymon.
Location: Condemned Legal Law Library
Weather: Super Freezier
Survey by: Floyd Smith #K.72700
Responses by: Waymon Livingston #AP.1552
The Back Story
GOLGATHA, the Hebrew name for the spot where Jesus was crucified (Matt. 27:33;
Mark 15:22; John 19:17). The name is interpreted by these writers as meaning
"the place of a skull" supposedly from the shape of the hill so designated, or
possibly from the human skulls there as the place of execution. The most
probable site is that northeast of the modern Damascus Gate.
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@Golgatha w/Waymon (cont.)
F. Whats up young bro, good to see you again, long time no see.
W. It takes forever to get called to come over, how have you been?
F. Im cool, trying to find out if you and MR. Thomas recieved the
special purchase order blessings from the churches bakesale yet?
W. I did, not too sure about MR. Thomas, but I think he did, I'll
find out tomorrow at next yard call, I've already sent a thank
you letter to Sister Kathy too.
F. So what did you get, and why did you order these items?
W. Just a couple of shirts, and an alarm clock, man I needed tthat.
F. I get the shirts, but whats up with the clock? thats a trip
because abother brother said he was in need of a watch.
W. I just really needed to get back into my own personal schedule,
you know, prayer, legal work, working out, it's a touch blue
neon light small clock, gives me time, military time, date,
alarm and weather. Or you might say cell temp. Its easy for some
to lose focus here on the row, and a brotha is too young to lose
focus right now.
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@Golgatha w/waymon (cont.)
F. What's the word on this cool couple you said that came to visit
you from the church?
W. I didn't think I was going to be nervous at first, but I learned
that reservations goes both ways because, it's funny how I was
thinking to myself, What if I get somekind of wayout person, I
didn't know what to expect.
F. Yeah, that is funny how the devil plays doubt first, but true
blessings work through doubt. I know it's still early, but you
seemed inspired by them, or excited to get at me about them, so,
who are these people?
W. I'll start with the husband, they take turns visiting me because
they have a new born at home, his name is Ryan, he impressed me
off the top just being a man, a husband and a new father, and
soccer player that took time out from his life to come visit
somebody on death row, being of this generation, I compare him
to being someone I could see myself kicking it with at school,
and, oh yeah, he has a different upbringing than me, so his
diverse nature expands my cultural experience, he's really a
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@Golgatha w/Waymon (cont.)
F. And his better half?
W. Her name is Lynne, she's a traveller, this inspires me
because, obviously in my situation, just having somebody
to share those world wide experiences with me, expands
my connection with society in a way not possible without
the church having prison ministry, wish I could meet
F. Sounds like Sister Kathy's connection with God is
reaching a new generation up here because none of us
even knew about any of this.
W. Is Sister Kathy Black?
F. I so understand that question because she's got like this...
W. Soulful, family, home energy in her letters, I cant explain
it, but whatever it is, somehow she reached us.
F. I hope other people at the church read what you just said
because people need to know what kind of impact they already
have on us by baking goods, the bakesale, the visits, the
prayers, and challenging us to shake nerves and doubt and
just allow God to do what God does, even though non of us
are worthy of his mercy. Im super thankful because Im no
bible thumper, but Sister Kathy has my attention. The
attention of New Souls.
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