Rei and Rey talk Prisoner’s Poetry on the Statesman Journal!
Bang! Boom! Bachow! Alliterative onomatopoeia is the simplest way for me to illustrate how my poetic neurons were accelerating at the point when I heard the Prisoner’s Poetry students and team members perform their poems in the Oregon State Penitentiary. As I reflect about our time in the Activities Floor, I realized that, during that point in time, we were not just sharing simple verbs and nouns; we were experiencing two worlds colliding at speeds that caused my mind to be in the realm of elation. It was surreal. I’m happy I got to share this moment with the team and students.
It has been approximately 40,320 minutes since my last encounter with this place I have grown to call the palace of discovery. To some, this location would be far from a place where kings roam. However, I would like to challenge their view by presenting works of art that demonstrate elegance and intellect by those who call this place their home. Reflecting on what makes a real man, grasping the metaphysical, allowing change to takes its natural course, evaluating the interconnections between culture and a systematic social structure are just a few of the things these kings do when they write with every stroke of their pen. When I enter this place, I understand that my words are a basic vessel of understanding and knowledge to help these kings build a better infrastructure for their neuron filled kingdom. This place is the Oregon State Penitentiary and these rulers of spirit and mind are students of Prisoner’s Poetry.
Even though I should feel as if I’m making a change in the life of my students, in actuality, I feel as if they have had a deeper impact in my life. I have gain a superior understanding of accepting people for who they are, evaluate the ways in which I learn, and most importantly they have helped me add a piece to my self-identity puzzle. This experience is one I’m truly grateful for, so I thank you kings, my students, for allowing me to be a part of your journey.
There is only about 10,080 minutes remaining before I return to the palace of discovery. I can’t wait.