April is National Poetry Writing Month. In celebration of poets everywhere, and to encourage those who are just embarking on their literary journey, I will be posting poetry (not mine) each day for the month of April. Please take a look and enjoy this special art.
Poems by Michael Roach
21 years old
Imprisoned at Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility,
Doing a 13 year with 85%, 3 years in, 8 more to go
I'm not sure why my life is the way it is
I'd like to know why I'm tortured like this
Why can't my life be left alone when I get it the way I want?
Why is it that when I get it almost perfect, it all gets shot down?
I really can't ask too many questions since everything happens for a reason.
Why can't my life just go as planned so I can just be happy and stay happy?
Why can't I just live the dream life I fantasize?
When you know something was meant to be, how and why does it not work out?
Is it right timing or too late?
It's these simple but unanswerable questions that make me feel the way I do right now,
Although the reasons why I feel like this is completely understandable
but it's the fact that besides
where I am right now, behind these old iron bars away from the ones I love,
I was so complete and happy,
So happy I cried from love, so happy I was almost miserable.
So we ask these simple questions of why this and why that?
Well my opinion on answering these questions is this:
Because life is the way it is, corrupted and shameful, fair but this is really hell from people who shouldn't be here.
But really, things happen from what we do so we can only blame ourselves.
So for me, the answers to my whys are: Shame on me, it's my fault and I did it to myself.
MI CORAZONE Y AMOR
I recently met a woman who blew my world away
My eyes have no desire to look any farther
Yet my heart has left me confused
I now seem to have 4 loves in my life
One being my first existing love
The second being someone I haven't seen in 8 years
The third being my high school sweetheart
And then there's her
Someone I have no idea how I could tell how I feel
I talk to her as much as I can every chance I get
Just so I can see her smile and roll her eyes at me
I would've never found her if I didn't end up where I am
But because of what I am and what she is
I doubt that a relationship is even an option
But I'll find out in time
Whether in fate, destiny, or serendipity
For now I'm waiting for the right moment
To try to tell her how I feel
Until then, she'll never know
Este ella es mi corazone y amor
JUST WAITING ON TIME
I'm sitting here waiting to get back out
Back to the world that I was all about
I can't wait to get back to my life
As well as the arms of my future wife
I have to finish school and go back to work
So I can have an education without a road with a fork
I'll have the intelligence to do everything right
And I'll always be there for everyone as their strong shiny knight
I can't wait to get back to the family of mine
But right now, I'm just Waiting On Time
All I can do for now is live day by day
I wish I had another option but it's the only way
I know that I'll be out sometime soon
But for now, if you want to see me, stare at the moon.
Look at it to see me just like I do to see all of you
Because I love and miss all of you so much too
I have too much to take care of as it is
And now that I'm in here, I wish my girl could give me one more kiss
Hopefully people are on my side
but for right now…
I'm Just Waiting On Time