Real NiggaCarl 

These words
Shaped life
Real nigga
Last breath
Brought pride
My name
Found glory
Pushed poison
Broke hearts
Caused pain
Look here
See me
Won’t you
See me
Know I
Sound
Don’t care
Real nigga
These words
Feed me
Lock up
Court dates
Young ones
Ask why
Mothers cry



She asked
How long
Years pass
She tried
Names decay
Seasons change
Leaves fall
Tears fall
Cold walls
Drain life
Stay strong
Real niggas
Don’t die
They lied
I tried
Real nigga
I tried
What’s real
Feels fake
Feel low
Feel shame
Those words
Shaped life
Real nigga
I hate







Carl is a student enrolled in the Yale Prison Education Initiative. He is incarcerated at Macdougall-Walker Correctional Institution.