THE FADE OF INNOCENCE
In The Beginning of Your Youth,
You Prayed For a Family Life That Was True,
however, Circumstances Changed all of That For you.
Left Home When You Were Young,
Then The Lost of Innocence Started Troubling You.
Disobedience To Parents, Didn’t Want To Hear What They Had To Say,
Thought It Was Cool For You To Stay Out Late.
Disinterested In School, The Pull of The Streets
That Was The Beginning of Your “Oops” In The Streets.
Corrupted In Thought, A Image To Portray A lifestyle That
Forced Your Innocence To Fade Away.
Daddy Wasn’t Home To Teach Or To Guide…
You Felt Alone, All Empty Inside, Lost Your Directions,
Ended Up Doing Time, In And Out of Jail,
With The Wrong Ideas In Mind.
Bad Choices, Getting Caught Up In The Mix,
Trying To Make A Illegal Dollar,
But You Left Your Finger Prints.
Now Out In The World Seeking To Find Your Fame,
Playing Rushing Roulette With Your Life, A Dangerous Game.
Hey Cuz! Hey Blood! Different Made Up Names,
The Fade of Innocence Caught Up In The Game.
Standing Before The Court Entering Into A System That
Will Eat You Up… Caged Up Like Nobody,
When Somebody Should Have Had Enough…
Two Years, Four Years, Life Without
It Was The Fade of Innocence That Brought This All About.
What Will It Take To Make This All Go Away?
Stand Up, Be Your Own Man…
Start A New Day.
You Are Someone’s Brother, Someone’s Uncle, Someone’s Father,
Someone’s Son, And Someone’s Friend.
When will You Decide To Stop, Renew Your Life,
So You Can Be There With Them Again?
By Jimmy Gafferey
AKA, Yusf Islam
Dedicated To My Son [name omitted by Sophie], With The Hope For A Brighter Future
Love Always, Dad.
Dear Sophie Inchains
My name is Jimmy Gafferey Jr and it is my prayer that your establishment will see fit, to print my poetry in your articles and allow my work to possibly motivate and inspire other people to appreciate good ideas. Please write me back and let me know what you think of my writings. Thank you very much in your time in reading my material.
Mr. Gaffeney is looking for pen-pals. Here is his contact information:
Mr. Jimmy L. Gaffeney Jr. P41264
PO Box 689/FW-137
Soledad, CA. 93960
Please Note: This poem came typed with a Xerox picture of Jimmy and his son. Unfortunately, I cannot publish that picture however, I think it is important to know that the poem includes it.