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Mail Call

The following is a poem by an adult in custody at EOCI.

Mail Call

Darkness and loneliness fill my cell, with pain and fear to great to yell.

I wait for the mailman to deliver to me, as I wipe away tears that no one will see.

I pray so sincere with my head raised above; “Please God, soon send a letter of love”.

I long to gaze upon pages so dear with riches to bring my loves one’s near.

Words of diamonds on pages of gold, a message from heaven as their story is told.

“We love you! Miss you! And pray you will be free.” A treasure filled envelope just for me.

Please bring memories of joy I once knew, family, friends, and things I would do.

The Darkness and pain of my cell will prevail, as my name again was not called for mail….


3 thoughts on “Mail Call

  1. Why can’t people of compassion, such as the many Bible study groups that meet regularly, take one hour to write to people in prison? This is also Missionary work among the lonely and sad members of our community. After all, they are a “captive audience” and grateful people! You can use a PO Box as a return address if you wish… This poem is not pretend, it is many someones’ life….

    Posted by Hallie Smith | June 3, 2016, 5:06 pm
  2. Hi,
    I joined a group called Mothers of Incarcerated Sons, Inc. some time ago which is a support group for family members of those who are incarcerated. It is an all volunteer organization and they have a monthly birthday card and holiday cards program. If you have a family member in jail/prison you can send in their name and address and other volunteers will send cards. In some cases the inmates choose to have a pen pal with those who have sent cards. I now have 4 pen pals and have a PO Box for them to send their letters to.

    Posted by Karen Oehler | March 13, 2017, 7:33 pm
    • Hi Karen, I would LOVE to have somebody write to my son Devin Hansen, and I am pretty certain he would like pen pals too! He will be 34 in June and he is in prison in Salem Oregon. None of our family have stayed in contact with him including his sister and it breaks his heart, mine too. Your volunteer group are angels .
      Oregon State Penitentiary SID #18991994
      Devin P Hansen
      2605 State St.
      Salem, OR. 97310

      Posted by Cherie Hansen | April 25, 2017, 1:12 am
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