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19 & 44
By John Cole

Yesterday I was 19, today I’m 44
Been down 25, no end in sight
Drowning in tears of years gone by
Been running through the eye of the
Storm since the womb
Fallen from grace with a achin’ in my soul
Through the madness seeing clearly
Heaven send a helping hand, begging for mercy

People say, pray to God
I say talk to Him every day!
People say, keep putting one foot
In front of the other
I say, when did I have a
Choice not to!
People say be strong
I say never had a chance
To be weak!

Trapped in a system where no one cares
Now all these years later, I don’t recognize
The 19 year old kid I once was but, here
This 44 year old man pays the coldest price
Still reaching for a helping hand, begging for mercy

Granted an evidentiary hearing on
Every issue of my post-conviction appeal
In 2001…
The State and my civil attorney
Been stalling for my justice since
With no end in sight
Justice? For Whom?!!

No DNA! No Help! Too expensive
To investigate…
Here I am saying I will not give in
I will not bow – I will not bend
I will keep reaching up
For that helping hand
For I am 19 & 44 today




John Cole Jr B-26302
Menard, IL
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