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From Jody Gardiner - HMP Styal

I can do it I’ll stay clean
I’ve been saying since I was seventeen
I’ll do it for this or that
And once again I fall in the trap

Now here I am at twenty-eight
Locked away behind those big steel gates
No kids, no home, nothing left
Just sat alone with a messed up head

I used the drugs and I used the drink
And not once did I stop and think
That how I feel and what I’d done
Was mainly because I’d seen it from my mum

But now I am a mum myself
I should have stopped an’ thought
Of the path my kids will take
Cause kids only know what they are taught

I hope I can change the life I’ve made
Cause never did I want to become
The person I hated the most “my mum”
Or my kids to turn into me!

So here I sit at 28 locked behind the big steel gates
And now I’m clean and alcohol free

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Summary of poems for January 2011
Joint Enterprise
An Apology
The Hard Part
Blunkettís Blanket
Hear my Voice
First Visit
How Life Can Change
Life (is not a sentence)
Sea of HMP
Lesson Stressin!
Current page: What Really Matters
What , Would I...?
A Penitentiary Pen Ė Pushes Perception
Long Live the World
Death Row Love
Nothing to do
The Four Walls
The Mission
Community Work
My Heart
Missing Sounds
Too Late
A Sinful Life
City Life
The Stress-Head
End of the Line
White Collar Crime
Age Concerned?
What a life!
Where Should I Be
The Jump That Never Ends
Someone should tell you
Goodbye My Love
Menu - Todayís Special
Doing Time
My First Day
Keepiní it Together
Happy New Year
The Wind Blows
Donít believe the Type

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