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ISSUE NO. 1

JULY 2024

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JULY 2024

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Creative

The Road to Redemption

By Elisa

Elisa writes from a prison in Victoria.

Willy Pleasance

Don't follow in my footsteps

It's been no Sunday stroll

No the road to redemption

Isn't paved in gold

It's rough and it's rugged 

And full of potholes 

Yes the road to redemption 

Is strewn with hot coals 

That blister and burn 

Then leave scars on your soul 

The road to redemption

Can't be found on the map

And no one can show you the way 

There's no easy path for you to traverse 

The signs will just lead you astray 

The road to redemption

Has forks and side tracks 

But don't let them tempt you 

And never turn back

Locked gates and high fences

There's even road blocks 

Don't be tempted by offers 

To open the locks

As there is no key 

It's a code you must crack 

On the road to redemption

When the day turns to night 

You can 't see the stars

And there's no guiding light 

Can't cross the bridges

You burnt on the way 

Or swim troubled waters

You leave in your wake

It will take all your strength 

To just stay afloat

Our hearts are held hostage 

Within the moat

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Aleksandr Eremin

I Am Yours

By Lauren

No matter what our pasts may say 

What hurts, our pains endured,

And tears shed for those who

Walked away.

You and I, need not let ourselves 

Be defined by those hurts from

Our pasts and no longer will it

Influence our time.

Markus Spiske

I'll Never Come to Prison Again

By Joseph B

If I could dress it up and say I never felt better

That I’ve got a girl at home and I’m waiting for a letter

I’d pretend the kids are fine and doing well at school

And when I phone they say they miss me

And they think their daddy’s cool

Jennifer Grismer

Waiting for Parole

By Nick

Waiting for parole is like remand all o'er again

When starting on my 'things-to-do', my mind leaps back to 'when!?'

All-consuming niggling thoughts contort me out of shape

Swarms of bees inside my head frantic for an escape

Years and years I've counted down now focused on just days

Yet I can't shake the fear and dread that l'Il be here always

Jan Kahanek

The Write Ideas: Creative Writing Exercises!

By Michelle Wright

Writing can be a great way to express yourself, to get things out of your head and to pass the time. But writing can also be daunting: where to start? These exercises will help you get your pen to paper.