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Silence Is Not Always Golden: The Power of Spoken Words
by Joy Elan

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    List Price: $12.99 (store prices may vary)
    Format: Paperback
    Classification: Poetry
    Page Count: 102
    ISBN13: 9781512219005
    Imprint: CreateSpace
    Publisher: On-Demand Publishing LLC
    Parent Company: Amazon.com, Inc.

    Book Description:

    Silence Is Not Always Golden: The Power of Spoken Words is a collection of poetry that is defying the norm. Written words have power because anyone can refer to them. However, spoken words are more powerful because the words are brought to life once they leave the body or a piece of paper. Instead of writing what people want to hear, I wrote what people need to hear. The truth! Sometimes the truth can be beautiful and sometimes it can be ugly. My words and my voice are my weapons and I have to speak up on my beliefs. Other people may not feel as powerful to speak up so I speak up for them. I could not sit there and not say anything. I was taught that you cannot do what everyone else wants; you have to do what YOU want. To be YOU is as original as there can be and people will try to put you down because you are different. I say try because only YOU can let them. My words are my way of fulfilling my purpose because I am making my dream a reality and I am showing you that you can do the same. This edition is slightly different from Silence Is Not Always Golden: A Poetic Revolution because there are clean versions of the poems and a few new poems that were written after I published it.

    Institutional Freedom

    I’m a prisoner of an institution
    Not the prison system
    But institution of higher learning
    They got me tied down and bound
    I can’t be free
    They keep coming after me financially
    Even with the degrees
    Jobs and businesses don’t take me seriously
    They look at my resume
    And toss it to the side
    You could’ve sworn that they
    Saw that I went to San Quentin or some penitentiary
    They saw two rival prestigious universities
    And they asked me, “Who do you represent?”
    I didn’t go to them schools for the sports
    You act like I’m in a gang and I have to claim turf
    I proudly wear my school shirts
    But I might as well be wearing
    Prison identification numbers
    In actuality, I’m in the same boat
    As the person that went to prison
    Thing is, they’ll pick them before me
    Just because they can pay them way less
    How is it that I’m competing for the same jobs
    With ex-cons and I was told that my education is the key
    Key to what?!
    Being treated like I did something wrong
    Yeah, I peeped that I was the bottom 1% at them schools
    Only 20-50 of us graduating out of a couple of thousands?
    Now these jobs looking at me like I didn’t earn my papers
    Like the schools were doing me a favor letting me graduate
    They’re working together to keep me tied down and bound
    That’s what they are: institutions
    Keeping me a prisoner in another form
    They don’t have control over my mind
    I’m Andy Dufresne
    Slowly chipping away at the wall
    If it takes me 5, 10, 20 years to get out
    So be it!
    They don’t know that I have a plan
    Not to be a prisoner of a company
    Nobody’s gonna be telling me when to eat, sleep, work
    They’ll keep transferring me from prison to prison
    Until I’m old enough to collect social security
    And all that hard work was just a waste of my life
    When I’m out, I’m gonna be so long gone
    And chilling with hella paper
    I’m young enough to break free
    And do as I please!

    *Reference from Shawshank Redemption




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