When I was Blood, I had a saying I lived by that many others know and say too when confronted about thier life choices. “Only God can Judge Me! ” How true in a sense… But let me tell u something. I robbed a place when I was 17. Financial institution… Got away but a fearful friend told on me. Feds wanted to talk to me. They picked me up and brought me to a room. They told me not to talk because I had no attorney present. They talked. Told me what they knew. At the end of thier talk the head special agent, seeing I was young wanted to impart some advice on me. In my arrogance I turned my head. I said” f&%$ that! Only God can judge me!!! He looked at me and in way I’ll never forget the man asked me.. ” Don’t u judge urself? “…point is, this statement people make about this God they speak of who they impulsively believe will just look past all that they do is a prison of ignorance. A great man of faith among my people once said ” take account of urself before ur taken into account! “… Remember these words. Only the foolish believe there is no true consequence for thier choices. Reperation. Repentance. Rectification. Big words I know but what’s basically being said is repair what u’ve broken. Change direction when u come to know ur headed in the wrong way. Straighten up and clean the many messes we’ve made in the houses of our lives. It could take a lot of time to do so… U may never make all things right…But the intent…is that not what matters most? Ur intent???

Published by Pack Redfeather

I am a walking contradiction of traditions some say. An African American and Native American Muslim poet with a personal life history as violently turbulent as a Storm. A visionary from the bottom of life’s social barrel striving to share the hope found in the light of faith through sometimes dark but real poetry. I’m a former member of the Bloods street gang, former serial bank robber, and both federal/state prison convict. I live on my mother’s tribal reservation of the Leech Lake band of Ojibwe in Minnesota.

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