15 Most Beautiful Quotes From The University Of Iowa’s Prison Writing Project

Shine a light on writers behind bars!

The University of Iowa Prison Writing Project publishes writers incarcerated in the state of Iowa. It operates under the premise that strong writing deserves to be championed. Aiming to amplify the voices of writers behind bars, the project has produced beautiful quotes from writers who may otherwise be overlooked.

Angela Davis once said, “Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings.” In addition to bridging the gap between writers of both outside and inside populations, publishing the work of incarcerated writers can contribute to the greater literary landscape. 

Here are 15 beautiful quotes from The University of Iowa Prison Writing Project.  

1. “I came to know the stranger as me and became a stranger to myself.” — Josh. L, from his poem “Finding Freedom”

2. “I walk down this road, with my thoughts alone. This plane of existence, I call home.” — Kyle M., from his poem “It’s What I Know”

3. “Black or brown a hog is a hog — Hog is Boss, Render that” — Clifford A.J., from his poem “Squeal”

4. “I miss my Mama blue. She thinks this be her fault. As I miss Mama blue. No way this be her fault.” — Clifford A.J., from his poem “Holding Hand’s Blues”

5. “One moment is our history . . . the future is now and still to be. The now is all will ever be . . . forever throughout eternity.” — David W.M., from his poem “The Maker”

6. “I see the light up above, yet it’s so far away! I look, I feel, and I can’t find my way.” — Daniel H., from his poem “My Life in the Darkness”

7. “Now I apologize for all the times I had to watch you cry. And all the times I didn’t call you when you crossed my mind.” — Robert L.N., from his poem “Apologies”

8. “You see, like all things, Hope cuts both ways. Some Hope is needed, but left unchecked, and he just consumes too much.” — Rodney B., from his short story “The Seed”

9. “I seclude myself/ into tha Depts-/ of thinkin/ glancen out/ of a window plane/ wondering/ if you could hear/ my deepest thoughts.” — A. Hudson, from his poem “Pebbles”

10. “Will I kick my shoes off one day, will I peel my socks down and wiggle my toes …

Hindi Poem / हिंदी कविता

बिल्ली और चुहिया

बिल्ली बोली चुहिया से
क्या मुझे दोस्त बनाओगी?
चुहिया बोली नहीं दीदी,
कभी नहीं बनाऊँगी।
दोस्त बनाकर तुम मुझको,
अपने पास बुलाओगी।
पास अगर मैं आई तुम्हारे,
झट से चट कर जाओगी।

इंद्रधनुष

सात रंगों से मिलके बना है,
इंद्रधनुष का रंग।
बैंगनी, आसमानी, हरा,
पीला, नारंगी, लाल, नीला।
इन्हीं रंगों से मिलके बना है,
रंगों का संसार।
एक से दूजा मिलकर,
बन जाएँ रंग हजार।

डाकिया

देखो एक डाकिया आया,
थैला अपने साथ में लाया।
पहनी है वो खाकी कपड़े,
चिट्ठी कई हाथ में पकड़े।
बॉट रहा है घर-घर में चिट्ठी,
मुझको भी दी लाकर चिट्ठी।
चिट्ठी में संदेशा आया,
शादी में है हमें बुलाया।

टेलीफोन

बड़ा अनोखा टेलीफोन,
आती है आवाज कहाँ से?
जो है मीलों दूर यहाँ से,
उसके बहुत पास होने का!
देता धोखा टेलीफोन,
इस पर छपे हुए नंबर
शायद वे ही हैं जादूगर,
सब वे हाल जान लेने का,
एक झरोखा टेलीफोन।

वर्षा

चम चम चम चम बिजली चमके,
रिमझिम रिमझिम बादल बरसे।
गरज गरज कर करते शोर,
छायी काली घटा घनघोर ।
प्यारी धरती की प्यास बुझाने,
आयी वर्षा में भिगोने।
मैं तो हूँ इसकी दीवानी,
सबसे प्यारी वर्षा रानी।

तितली रानी

तितली रानी इतने सुंदर,
पंख कहाँ से लाई हो?
क्या तुम कोई शहजादी हो?
परी-लोक से आई हो।
फूल तुम्हें अच्छे लगते,
फूल हमें भी भाते हैं।
वे तुम को कैसे लगते जो,
फूल तोड़ ले जाते हैं।

चंदा मामा

चंदा मेरा मामा,
मुझे देख मुस्काता है।
रोज रात चुपके-चुपके,
आसमान में आता है।
आकर लोरी गाता है.
मुझको गले लगाता है।
प्यार से थपकी देकर,
मामा मुझे सुलाता है।

सपना

मुझको नींदिया आती है,
सपने भी दे जाती है।
सपने में जो आती है,
सुंदर परी कहलाती है।
जब वह छड़ी घुमाती है,
मिठाई-खिलौने बनाती है।
तो गड़बड़ हो जाती है,
जब आकर मम्मी जगाती है।

बैंगन राजा

बैंगन राजा कुछ तो बोल,
क्यों लगता है गोल-मटोल।
क्या तेरी मर्जी है बोल,
ना कर अब तू टालमटोल।
कहता झटपट मुझको तोल,
बीच बाजार में यह मत बोल।
खोल के रख दी मेरी पोल,
मैं तो हूँ बस गोल-मटोल।

पिंजरे के अंदर

पिंजरे के अंदर एक तोता,
बैठा-बैठा रोता रहता।

एक दिन एक कौआ आया।
आकर उसको समझाया।
ची-ची करके गिरो धड़ाम,
ऐसा लगे कि मर गए तुम।
बात मान लो मेरी नेक,
मालिक देगा तुमको फेंक।
तभी फुर्र से उड़ जाना,
लड़की अपने घर जाना।

मेरी प्यारी नानी

मेरी प्यारी अच्छी नानी,
सुनाओ ऐसी एक कहानी।
जिसमें …

25 Heartbreaking Instagram Poems About Lost Love

Turn on those sad songs, eat your ice cream, and read some of theses poems to help ease the pain.

Falling in love can be one of the most beautiful things — many people say love makes the world go round. But with love, a lot of time, comes heartbreak. Breaking up is a very confusing time for someone just getting out of a relationship because they feel so many different emotions — from being angry or sad, being in denial, or maybe even trying to beg the other person to take you back — feeling your heart break is painful in every way.

When people get heartbroken they often sit at home eating ice cream and crying, watching Legally Blonde (speaking from personal experience). Others just go out to party to blow off steam.

People handle heartbreak very differently, no matter what happened or how you deal with grief, know your feelings are valid. It is okay to feel this way, everyone has gone through some sort of loss and heartbreak in their life.

Life is not meant to be a fairytale, you will fall down and get hurt every once in a while. When going through heartbreak we think “I am the only one feeling this”, but the truth is you are not. Popular celebrities like Lizzo have gone through heartbreak, and the gorgeous man himself Liam Hemsworth is going through heartbreak as we speak (not sure how Miley can get over him).

If Miley Cyrus can get over Liam Hemsworth, you can too.

Let yourself cry, and be sad; but just know one day you won’t feel this way anymore, some days will be harder than others and then other days you will feel like you are completely free of those emotions.

Just know that one day you will be fine, you won’t feel sad or hurt buy this anymore. Eventually it will get easier, and the memories you have from that person won’t hurt as much. It is okay to feel sad, you will get over this.

So turn on those sad songs, eat your ice cream, and read some of the sad quotes about breaking up and heartbreaking Instagram poems about lost love to help ease your broken heart through the stages of grief.

1. Missing someone is the hardest thing to get over.

“What a terrible thing to do missing someone who hasn’t thought …

Pankaj Mishra Poems in Hindi

मेरी प्यारी पीहू मुस्कुराने लगी है…..!!

फूल सी कोमल ओस सी नाजुक पीहू
रिस्तो की पगडंडियों पर मुस्कुराने लगी है
सुबह अपनी मम्मी से पहले आके
पापा पापा बोल के जगाने लगी है
गुस्सा हो जाती है फिर देखती नही
अपने पापा को देखो सताने लगी है
आफिस से आते ही एक प्यारी सी मिठ्ठी
पापा के दिल को बहलाने लगी है
मेरी दुआओ में शामिल मेरे दिल की धड़कन
मेरी प्यारी पीहू मुस्कुराने लगी है..!!

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मेरा हाल ऐ दिल बताता है…..!!

इक़ आईना है , जो मुझ से , मेरा हाल ऐ दिल बताता है
इक़ मैं हु ,जो खुद से ,हर दर्द ऐ दिल छुपता हु
इक़ जख्म है ,जो चीख कर मेरे अश्को को बुलाते है
इक़ लब है, मुस्का के जो हर दर्द को छुपाते है
एक मैं हु जो इश्क़ को दफ़ना चुका हु अंदर तक.
एक आंखे है , हर सख़्श को मेरा हाल ऐ दिल बताती है..!!

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तुझको एक दिन जमीं पे लाऊँगा….!!

हिना का रंग हूँ, हाथो में समेट ले मुझको
खुसबू हु फिजाओ में बिखर जाऊँगा
सोख मदहोशी हु छुपा ले मुझको आँखों में
वादा है हँसी बनके लबो पे आऊँगा
तू जीता है मेरी आँखों में हँसी ख्वाब की तरह
जिद है अपनी भी ख्वाब को हकीकत बनाऊँगा
माना की जन्नत की परी है तू
यकीं है तुझको एक दिन जमीं पे लाऊँगा..!!

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2 Line Shayari in Hindi Pankaj Mishra

जाते हुए तेरी नजरो का असर, की रात सारी तेरे खवाबो में गुजरी,

लम्हा लम्हा तेरे ना होने की बेचैनी, कतरा कतरा तेरे यादो में गुजरी..!!

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भुला दो तुम मुझे लेकिन इतना याद रखना,

कुछ वादे तुम्हारे हैं जो अब भी अधूरे हैं..!!

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Passion Collision | A Poem by G.S. Katz

would have kissed you harder
deeper
you kept me slightly at bay
next time will be different
passion collision
no fault
mouth on mouth
only coming up for air
no deposit, no return
Mr. Manhattan
lurking in your tangled hair
in your rear view mirror
on line at the bank
while cooking eggs…

Upside Down Moments | A Poem by P.K. Deb

Ever-biting alcoholic molecules are poured in a glass
As a fool rides on his self-made upside down moments
Of hesitation and tension, he is not to be conscious
The memories are to be suspended for which he laments.

As the colourful glass is lifted near to his lips to sip
Heart becomes scared and raises its palpitation,
Nevertheless, alcohol is poured in to the deep
Of his mouth to suffer its biting with no hesitation.

The poor tongue and its mouth-mates shrivel in ache
Start weeping for help and instant relief,
Ignoring it behind alcohol reaches to stomach
With liquid fire and fills it with pain and grief.

The courageous and helpful blood cells attend in hurry
Start absorbing the poisonous molecules and pain
Stomach gets both relief and stain of alcoholic injury
But the blood cells rush as the biting they also gain.

Heart, liver, pancreas and kidney-the life organs
Become restless as alcohol bites them with stain
Hence, abnormal they become in their performance
And all together push the blood up to the brain.

For the locks of all organs, the brain is the master key
Gets extra- pressure as the blood waves rush to it
Becomes very scared and escapes to the knee
For normal duty where it is absolutely unfit.

Hence it produces illusions and sends to the fool
Makes him happy as the weeping was unheard
Composes a temporary heaven with his alcoholic tool
And becomes flexible physically and mentally smart.

Heart snatches excessive emotions from the brain
So the fool laughs, cries and roars with no grammar
The same lunatic process continues again and again,
Makes him unconscious as the brain gets a hammer.

No one is allowed to disturb him, even the dream
only flies are around his face, landing and flying,
May God bless him and bring him to the right-stream
as he is supposed to support his family from destroying.…

Heaven Defines You

Heaven defines and crowns you with glory

That glory should be your story

You were made in His perfect and flawless image

You are an embodiment of great potentials

In Him, at age one-sixty, you will be relevant

God has provisions in ample abundance

To fill your lack, starving barns and cans

Why worry? Oh! You His Beloved son

Relax, enjoy your days in Jesus and grow one-ninety.

Excuse yourself, Sir-madam, be no longer dirty.

Do this with a focus on Yeshua, the Gracious:

In the morning acknowledge the Creator in a Phrase.

Salute Him during noon for he brightens your day.

You may prefer a nap to a snack

A snack before a nap. Whichever way

Forget not, he will embrace and erase every disgrace.

If you have to say, splash your words with grace

Then in the evening, in the cool of the day,

Release His praise as you acknowledge that

He’s the light, never goes out.

Do this and invite hope and strength that wears not out

Because of Him your tag shall be, “a faithful servant.”

You are part of heaven’s definition of beauty.

Made in His perfect and flawless image

A holy nation. A special people.

Be you…Wonderfully made…

You are defined with the eyes not on your face

But with the vision of His Grace

Live It!

@MurtinJuen…

Blind Judges

They won’t stop mocking you, friend.

Because they see not the glorious end.

Situations working for good has blinded them.

Don’t turn. Keep moving.

Jesus, the reason for a good decision.

The wise man to probe, invite Him. Our strength.

The antidote to hopelessness today.

Capable, Dependable. The owner of hay.

Connect to Him your dreams, visions, aspirations.

He can, with compassion, fuel your passions into victory.

And sit you in the ‘london’ of resting victors.

Remember, He conquered the dirty grave.

And gave countless helpless men reasons to launch their praise.

Am included.

You are no exception. You deserve no exemption… because

You are a beloved son

Last year… tears… but crawling moments are here.

You, surely, shall phrase your own praise.

Heaven has reasons for you to announce your saving grace.

Amazing Grace. Answers to questions. He’s risen.

The why behind our passions – the babies of His love.

Like Him, our heavy pains, surely, shall slowly explode heavier gains.

Glory. Hallelujah!!

One has a burden. Another is barren.

Blind Judges are condemning. It’s killing.

But know, Jesus was, before ‘Adam in the garden’.

Why aren’t we knowing? Cast your burdens.

He’s calling, Be still… Hear.

You won’t want to fear and worry with aimless bottles of beer…

Because… your Living Helper is here.

Able to answer your thirst. Cheers!

He’s closer and nearer than….. that ugly friend, Fear…

Let Him hunt you… ignore their judgments.

And let praise be your assignment…

@MurtinJuen…

Holi Love Shayari, Hindi Poems and Holi Messages

The celebration that welcomes the spring is the festivals related to colors and it is known as Holi. The inceptions of this celebration are covered in the puzzle with various individuals crediting it to various legends. Some credit it to the fiendishness Holika who endeavoured to consume her nephew in the fire however got singed rather, some say that Krishna used to energetically spread shading on Radha while he was seeking her, others talk about the forfeit of Kama Deva, the Hindu rendition of Cupid, who relinquished himself to stop Shiva’s wrath, that were throwing the world into mayhem. Water balloons and pichkaris (water firearms) are utilized to splash individuals or drench them with water affectionately and is also wickedly spread on garments and faces aimlessly. The night prior to the Holi, a campfire is lit and likenesses of Holika are burned. Everybody wish each other by saying Happy Holi to each other. In this post we are sharing beautiful cute Holi love shayari for girlfriend, happy Holi love status for boyfriend, Holi love images for lover, Holi poems on love, romantic Holi love messages and quotes with HD images.

Happy Holi Love Shayari for Girlfriend Boyfriend

रंग गुलाबी लगाऊ तो भी कैसे, मेहबूब का तो गाल ही गुलाबी हैं.

बाँहो‬ मे भरकर पूछा था ‪उन्होंने‬….!!!
कौन‬ सा रंग लगाँऊ ‪‎तुमहे‬…!!!
हमने भी ‪कह‬ दिया …!!
मुझे‬ Sirf…!!! Tumhare ‪होठो‬ का रंग पसंद है..!!!

मोहब्बत के रंग तुम पर बरसा देंगे आज,
आपने प्यार की बौछार से तुम्हे भीगा देंगे आज,
तुम पे बस निशान हमारे ही दिखेंगे,
कुछ इस तरह रंग तुम्हे लगा देंगे आज…

उस गुलाबी चाँद के चेहरे पे थोड़ा सा रंग लगा देते,
तुम जो पास होते तो हम भी होली मना लेते।

भीगा के तुझे पानी में,
तेरे साथ भीग जाना है,
होकर रंगों से रंगीन आज,
अपने गालो से रंग तेरे गालो पे लगाना है…

आ तुझे रंगों से भीगा दे जरा,
तुझे प्यार के रंग लगा दे जरा,
करीब आये तेरे रंग लगाने,
और किसी बहाने से सीने से लगा ले जरा..

रंग देंगे तुम्हें, अपनी मुहब्बत के रंग में होली पर
ये जो इश्क़ का महीना बीत गया तो क्या हुअा

होली के इस त्यौहार को, समझो मेरे प्यार को,
यह त्यौहार है मेरे सच्चे प्यार का इजहार,
रंगों के त्यौहार में सभी रंगों की हो भरमार,
ढेर सारी खुशियों से भरा हो आपका संसार,
यही दुआ है भगवन से हमारी …