Dec. 20, 2011

Irish Soup

by Steve J. Burkett (author's profile)

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12-12-11
Irish Soup
Poems, Art Work, Short Stories, Notes

I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas, and hope you have a very happy new year, and that all your days are happy.

I will try to do better when writing(?) here in the future; Winter is here now so I will be spending more time in the cell. In the Spring, when I'm finished with Computer School, I hope to be putting more of my short stories out here.

It costs more than $100,000 a year to keep each prisoner serving a life'sentence locked up here in California - is that a good pay number or what?

I'm thinking, after my sister's last two comments, that most people might not know where to leave a comment: Just leave it on any of my pages - I'm sure I'll get it :) Just say "hi", so I'll know you were thinking about me at a certain time on a certain day.

When I was sixteen, I met this lanky girl with a loud laugh. I want to hear her laugh again and see her smile: beautiful.

The fog is lingering outside the tiny hole I have in my wall - it's thick as a tumbler of apple and potato brew. This time it is unable to get inside and attack my bones like it did in the cells at 'Q'.

You are my dream, my stay, my hope, my beacon. Our days are descending(?) away like the time of the ancient Mayans.

I will be 65 on the 18th of December. My Jeannie remembers. She remembers everything about me - knows me better than I know myself <3

I may look old, and I may feel old, but my feelings are like those of a little boy.

I got a letter from my Aunt Alice this week, with picture - some taken at Theresa's wedding. Little sister: where is the picture of Dad you promised? :)

Watching the sun rise at dawn is my favourite part of the day. I'm always up before then, watching all the colours in the sky as the sunlight breaks over the top of the hills behind my cell.

[Picture of placard or picket sign in the margin, reading "Don't Bite the GUARDS" ]

It could be worse here, or worse yet, one could get to where they don't care - be at the end of the line. I was there once, maybe a few times.

If I find out someone is actually reading my blog, I will try to write more and more often.

Time is slipping away, my visibility narrowing. I figure there isn't much chance of me getting a helicopter in here any time soon, so I'll just wait here for your comments.

I am a man / I am a boy / I am an inmate. #B-14364

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cheesefloss Posted 10 years, 9 months ago. ✓ Mailed 10 years, 9 months ago   Favorite
Happy late birthday! And happy late (probably, although I am writing this on the 20th December) Christmas! This will probably arrive before the new year, so make 2012 a good one! Strive to be the best you can, inspire people around you, prove them wrong, and most importantly - BE HAPPY! Or perhaps most importantly, keep writing! You have a voice now, and your writing is inspiring to read and transcribe! Keep it up, bless you.

socialworkJody Posted 10 years, 9 months ago. ✓ Mailed 10 years, 9 months ago   Favorite
I read your letter and re-read it. The letter made me crack smiles, frown, chuckle, and breathe heavy all in the 5 minutes it took to read what you wrote! You are the same age as my father. I am 34. I guess you have accepted your fate. I'm glad you have a Jeannie. I'm glad you like the sun rising. I'm glad you are writing on here. Don't forget to smile at people, because perhaps that may strike some hope into another man and even save a life - you never know! I'm served time too, but nothing like you. I did a small county bid in my early twenties and work with the female jail population in mental health/substance abuse. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and will say a prayer for you. I will be indoors more often too now that its winter - lol :)

Jody

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