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Mar 14, 2016

Luis Cardona, Hope Partnership

Words, emotions can’t explain what myself, I and me been through

I was staring down at life eye-to-eye like western until I drew

Childhood memories and dreams were shattered

From a cell with white walls I painted what mattered

Different techniques and strokes and with a mixture hate and anger

But now I’m labeled, coldhearted, hyperactive, criminal minded and a gang banger

Before I let anyone with an egotistic and omnipotent deprive me

I’ll break every shackle, spread my wings and fly free

I write these verses, symphonies that magically been orchestrated

I lay flows down like Kid frost and Nas that I, myself and me created

In the dungeon is where I suffered and became a king

I felt the ground before I’m ready for whatever life could bring

I’ll slay anyone and everybody who thinks that could take my throne

Me, myself and I depend on this drug that I have grown

Masterpieces are made when I inject myself with a dose of beats

It’s fascinating they keep me company when I’m feeling down, they listen and I speak

Pain, and a bundle of dark feelings are my symptoms of withdrawal

Behind this fence me, myself and I will keep on portraying figments of reality

Till the day we perish and fall.

Luis Cardona

2/21/2016, Capstone PSU,
Oregon Youth Authority, MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility

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