At night
When I close my eyes
I cry
Because the pain is too deep
When I’m awake

At night
I turn into a corner
And pray
So that I don’t cry
From all of the hurt throughout the day

At night
When I dream
I scream out when I see my mother
Because every since I was a fetus
I have lived to love her

At night
When under the covers
Lovers spoon and snuggle
My steel bunk feels so cold
That I’ve grown immune to being alone

At night
When life appears to be dark
I see a light
Where the common eye perceives concrete and bars
I glance at the spirit of Harriet on the North Star

At night
In spite of the despair I’ve seen
Somehow I can still love and hope
When most have lost their vision
I still possess the courage to dream

At night
When the forecast for optimism is slim
And the overcast of black clouds
Makes the splendor of dawn dim
For some odd reason I’m certain I’ll win

At night
When winter’s wind cuts the skin
And the world’s calamities envelopes the souls
Though deprived of a love to shelter me
My heart’s still warm…….

(c)2015 by Halim Flowers -Written to Stevie Wonder’s “I Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer”

Halim Flowers
Halim Flowers
DOB- 09-01-80
Washington, D.C.
30 years to life
Contact Information-
Halim Flowers
Federal Correctional Institution Gilmer
P.O. Box 6000
Glennville, West Virginia 26351

My name is Halim Flowers and I am an author, poet, blogger(, and at-risk youth advocate. I have been incarcerated for 18 years, since I was 16 years of age for aiding and abetting a felony murder in a case where I was not the shooter and the person charged as the gunman had his case dismissed and was never tried for this offense. I know it sounds crazy but it is my destiny for now and I embrace. My passion in life is learning and helping to enlighten and inspire others, especially helping to develop the character and lives of young men. I was featured in an Emmy award winning documentary about my experiences as a child at the adult D.C. Jail titled "Thug Life In DC"(See Thug Life In DC at YouTube) and I have authored nine books in the genres of self-help, prisoner reform, juvenile justice, memoir, and poetry(See Halim Flowers at I very contrite for my past criminal offenses and seriously committed to helping our youth to understand "Victim's Impact" and breaking the "school-to-prison pipeline".