When I was young my uncle told me I will write a book one day, that I have a story to tell. Just the other day, I received a written comment on a speech I gave that said “you will be paid to speak on stage one day”. I knew my life was tough, but I couldn’t see the story, I didn’t dig crying about my life nor telling my business. Now I see that it’s about empowering others whom may see themselves in our stories. I’ve even found healing in it. So I guess he was prophetic in a sense, but I needed this captivity, I say that a lot, but I’ve been able to observe the necessity of my downfalls and shortcomings. The accomplishments and the work put in by some of the greatest athletes, entertainers and other historic personalities all have had storied times of struggle that they overcame. I know what I want and what it will take to get there. My mistakes are my masterpieces yet to be finalized and framed. My potential and promise seem like they’ve been divinely interwoven and set about ripple effects that formed a tidal wave of strength, perseverance, and interpersonal insight. I was recently told to not let the words felon, convict or any other negativity define who I am or what I can be. My struggles have bloomed experience and wisdom which enables me to be/do better. I’ve also became more cultured. I see my story and pursuit as a platform, and being short I can admit one thing, I crave anything that’ll make me taller, because once you see me, you will remember me!
I fought exhaustion for awhile going through trials, expended energy
was morally indigent, feigned innocence, the emblem above my engine symboled ‘limitless’ so never let your memory dismember me
my path is kinetic, prophetic, eclectic, a legend embedded
feasted on my past, don’t forget it, learned from it, I don’t regret it
I’ll do more with less where I’m headed, I’ve said it, you Will remember me!
SuProsed2B-A-Con: You Will Remember Me!
Shelia Bruno says
Someone sent me a copy of this today and it absolutely WOW’d me. My husband served 28 years, he’s been out for 8 and he and I have been married for 4. The impact of prison has surfaced to the point, therapy is a MUST. Initially it was him, but here recently, I’ve decided to seek professional help as well. No one wants to have this conversation, yhe Psychological Impact of Incarceration. I’m amazed how, when I share with transparency, people are clueless or deeply in denial. With your permission, I would LOVE LOVE to share this article in the private wives support group. And I look forward in reading more of your other material. I am also writing a book, “Wife After Prison”, this journey must be documented for awareness and healing. R/Shelia
Hi Sheila, thank you SO much for the comment. It is Russell’s dream, that by writing this blog and sharing his words, that he could positively impact others going through similar situations. We would love for you to share his writings with the support group! Feel free to read through here or follow the blog to be updated on more. And if you have any questions or want to hear more from Russell, please don’t hesitate to reach out at ANY time. Thank you for sharing your story; your story and your book will encourage many others!
This is the second time I’ve read this…and each time…I feeeel it. And how much “he” says my letters mean to him…and how our moments and letters are the only opportunity he gets to let “his gaurd down”. I appreciate your prose…I follow you on Instagram…and will be here reading more of your work. Thank you!
Thank you so much for the feedback! I make sure all comments get to Russell directly and it means so much to him to know that someone is directly impacted by his writings, his thoughts, his life! If you ever have any questions for him or want some inside advice, please feel free to reach out and I will make sure he responds to you as soon as possible! Thank you for staying strong for “him”. He needs you and what a lifeline you are!