by Keith Parker II

Heard/Arlington County Detention Center/OAR writing contest, August 2020

In a place were everything moving at the speed of sound and light, a place were it’s even crazier at night, a place were im stuck between wrong and right at a fork in the road were there telling me go left but I wanna go right.

A place were it’s never silince were it’s hard to find balance. A place were they need more science. A place were thoughts of voilence and were suicidal thoughts are making more progress. A place were yar fighting demons and yar own (self).

Yet I still dont know who’s won a place were im not at bat and it’s not safe to bet. A place were the devil congregate. A place were a docter cant operate a place were i been stuck since a teenager from my parents mistakes and all life has put on my plate. It’s not too late, still can be saved but no one knows who I am let alone brave enough to brake into this place.

This is my cry for help from a psychotic brake down! If you havn’t figured who I am by now I’ll call my self  the brain from distorted eyes i’v seen me raped mentally by society from drugs I let him put inside of me. People I let get the best of me and things I wont let go from inside from me! But no one knows this side of me physicaly im healthy mentally unhealthy unstable maybe I shared to much.

Im finally able to say im scared fer once but nobody’s here to help us. What happens when being tough dosn’t work anymore. Will they call us weak all because I was afraid to speak im fighting a disorder by poker and multple personaltys and it’s killing me softly as you read (signed the Brain)

My name is Keith Alan Parker II. I wrote this non fiction poem on May 18 2020. The month of mentell health awerness! We all suffer from some type of mentell unhealthyness but some manage it different. I say this to say we should all pay close attention to people crys for help family friends and even inmates thank you for listning to my poem!

Black or White

Black or White

by Walter D. Kissee

Heard/Arlington County Detention Center/OAR writing contest, August 2020

It’s bigger than black or white

Its a problem with the hole world.

Cant go to deep because they might get me a long road to healing.

Is our America at a point of reckoning.

The fight for Black Lives Matter Covid-19

what happen to that the fight for racial justice,

while we have police burtaitily

all of Americains from the death of George Floyd has sparked protestesting

while in police custody and with the many others we have lost this year and years befor.

A lot 21-21 Savage.

2020 has been a hellai of year

A lot of what is going on is Social InJustice which has made it to the top.


Its not hard due to video that are captured for the world to see of the wongful things done where you get a immedite rection.

Frist we need to stop RACISM



We need to change this direction

There is nothing wrong with Change or Being different

2 Chainz said it best Yea Im differents

This brings high alert cause black lives do matter more in the black community

We are a major relfection in America and we are a problem

together we have a slow world history close nothing.

But repeat itself this has been going on decades now

Im facing a decad something I throught would never happen in the land of the free.

A now Im just a son to a bastad child,

antoher Black male lost to the prison system.

Of the Black America just a product of the envermont.

More kids growing up without a father.

Unable to explain how to be a man teach them right from wrong.

At this time its been so long my son explade he dosnt know how to talk to me any more

When I left he was 4.

Now 8.

When I come home if I make it he will be.


The system and systemic justice system has found mondern Day Slaver.

And with being African being our accsiter where in slaved and white suprmacy always profiting George Whasington and Andrew Jackson both notably slave owners who are framed on our money.

The Red and Blue are to Serve and to Protect.

And Im not talking bout the Crip and Bloods

Im talking bout the Biggest Gang in the USA

Who is to protect

when you see the police you run cause you dont want to get attacked or terroized.

Now the non Black Barriey and Being the Public Horrors

Due to the Network and Techonology

Finally the world is standing with us.

Black Lives Matter.

Beyond These Walls

Beyond These Walls

by VE

 Heard/Arlington County Detention Center/OAR writing contest, August 2020

Beyond these walls lies love that envigerates the soul and peace that surpasses all understanding.

Second chances to the once broken and incarcerated men an opportunity at redemption,

another chance to choose right from wrong in the midst of temptation

desperately urning for instant gratification.

Beyond these walls millions of people are held captive,

metaphorically they are prisoners like us but yet free without these walls.

Though we are trapped physically they are prisoners

psychologically, emotionally and spiritually to

circumstances, society’s standards, family expectations, relationships that clearly states red flags DNR, do not resistate, greed, narsacism, materialistic objects.

The need to out do others, living above their means to keep up the Joneses,

spending money that they haven’t yet earned,

perpetually cycling this vicious cycle of accumulating debt.

Addition to social media likes masking pain entertwined with pleasure and reciprocity,

fear to take risks, working jobs that they are overworked under appreciated and underpaid.

Systematically we are programed to spend one third of our lives working for different companies investing in acquiring capital gain for the companies,

thus we are restricted or time to work on creating our own businesses or companies to gain fanancial freedom.

Give them just enough to survive, but not enough to prosper,

so they’d live paycheck to paycheck and acrude debt.

So theoretically were all doing time

weather it be psycially, pschologically, emotionally or spiritually.

Beyond these walls comparison is the thief of joy and the cousin to misery.

Beyond these walls achieving anything you want is 99% intentional and 1% mythology.

The greatest moment of achieving success most would think it is the actual moment of attaining success

but in all actuality the greatest moment is when we decide.

Every Fortune 500 company or wealthy individual all began with an idea which ultimately transmutated to financial independence.

Beyond these walls if you don’t plan appropriately your asking for a disaster.

Be willing to allow changes to occur that are not what you invisioned your exact finish to look like.

Beyond these walls you don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to get it started.

Beyond these walls choose the habits of successful people if you want to be successful and choose the habits of happy people if you want to be happy.

The only things that satisfies the soul are gratitude and love.

Beyond these walls your destiny awaits you, the impossible is obselite,

their are 24 hours in a day which equals 86,400 seconds,

a week equates 168 hours the eqivilant of 604,800 seconds,

one month equals 2,419,200 seconds and

31,536,000 seconds in a year

but it all starts from within these walls.

Make every second count and what we do with it within these walls

will determine what and whom we become beyond these walls

Drawing by Herman McDonald, inspired by VE’s poem “Beyond These Walls”