Sonntag, 24. September 2017




Saltine specks, and cornbread flecks,
call grackle and sparrow to my ledge.
6.30 a.m., is about when it begins,
as they awake from some dewy hedge.

Shiny eyes and carefree song,
they bring with them such glee.
Which they share, mostly unknowing,
the gift it is to me.

These prison bars, they dissipate,
as they alight upon my sill,
then fly away, up towards the sky, 
at their whim and will.

Their freedom and their innocence,
are no longer virtues of mine.
But as I watch, they are refilled,
even if for a little time.

William Andrews
Byrd Unit

Prison Whine


Wait a minute! These "clean sheets" ain`t clean!
Hold On! ... is that all the mail?!
I thought we could still smoke in this jail?

Man... the time is passing slow...
Guess I should forget about my favorite show,
Damn!... steel toilet stays cold as ice!
I never thought prison was supposed to be nice.

Once a month, I`m allowed sunshine,
My sanity teeters on a blue paper line,
The body is thinner, but that I`ll survive,
So tired of hearing all their shuck and jive.

Years from now... this too shall pass,
and I`ll step away... ahead of this class.
A whole lot stronger, though shorter of time,
never share this prison whine.

William Andrews

Donnerstag, 7. März 2013

Statement of facts....the story of Del Burkett

The following is a summary of events gathered from personal knowledge, Police Statements, detective interviews and Trial testimony.
These events took place on August 06, 2002 in Montgomery coutny, New Caney, Texas at approximately 7.00 pm. Loop 494 runs North/south and FM 1485  runs east/west through this small country town.

I, Delbert Lee Burkett, went to a convenient store, Bill`s 3 G. tp get gas for my fully restored, 1979 silver metallic, sedan Deville Cadillac. This store is located on FM 1485, approximately one half mile east of Loop 494.
While pumping gas, a long time friend, Rodney Burton, pulled up and entered the store. When I finished at the pump I pulled over beside Rodney`s Dodge Dakota pickup truck.
After Rodney exited the store, we stood outside our vehicles for several minutes visiting. Noticing that the small parking lot was becoming crowded, we got into our separate vehicles and headed east on FM 1485 for approximately one mile and pulled into a church parking lot.
We exited our vehicles once again to continue our visit. At this time another vehicle, later to be indentified as a Ford Explorer, pulled off FM 1485, onto the side street by the church and stopped right in the middle of the street.
This man appeared to be staring at us and began talking on a cell phone.
Since we were parked in a private parking lot, in a secluded country area, we decided to leave. Therefore, we jumped back into our separate vehicles and sped away back west on FM 1485, past the store, towards Loop 494. We then turned south on a street that runs parallel to Loop 494. After approximately one quarter mile we stopped. I ran back to Rodney, who was following me, to him know I had received a call to head home. We then proceeded on sought, Rodney crossing over the tracks between the street and Loop 494 at the first crossing. I continued on for approximately another half mile and crossed over to Loop 494 and headed on sought for approximately a quarter mile. I then turned left and travelled another mile into my neighborhood to my home.

About forty-five minutes later after my arrival at home, several Montgomery County Constable deputies arrived to serve a misdemeanor warrant that they had been holding for several months, while one of the Senior officers was attempting to assit me in resolving the matter.
I was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and several days later transferred to the Harris County Jail to appear for the charge named in the warrant. On or about October 04, 2002, a detainer was placed on me by Montgomery County for another Charge: Indecency With a Child/by Exposure.
I was then returned to the Montogomery County Jail after a short period.

Sonntag, 4. März 2012

Traveling Angels...

Traveling Angels...
a story donated by Christian Olsen, Polunsky Unit, TX

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels in the mansions guest room.

Instead the angels were given the space in the cold basement.
As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall ay nd repaired it.

When the younger angel asked "Why?" the older angel replied...
"Things aren`T always what they seem."

The next night the pair came to resat at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife.
After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their beds where they could have a good nights rest.

When the sun came up the next morning, the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears.
Their only cow, who`s milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.

The young angel was infuriated and asked the older angel; " How could you have let this happen?
The first man had everything, yet you helped him," he accused. " The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let their cow die."

"Things aren`t always what they seem," the older angel replied.
"When we stayed in the basement of the mansion. I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune. I sealed the wall so he wouldn`t find it."

"Then last night, as we slept in the farmers bed. The angel of death came for his wife. I gave her the cow instead. Things aren`t always as they seem."

Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don`t turn out the way they should.
If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage.
You just might not know it until sometime later....

Montag, 6. Februar 2012

"Imaginative Impression"

Imaginative Impression...

Think about that for a moment.
Are not all our impressions based on our imaginations. How we perceive ohter people is based, usually, upon experience, except when love si involved. In love our imaginations take control and we see people as we imagine them to be, as we wish them to be.
Seldom are we completely right, nor are we ever completely wrong. It goes hand in hand with another saying:
"People belive what they want to believe."
We believe in the goodness of our fellow humans because we imagine them to be so, overlooking faults, if any.
The reverse is true, especially here.
We, - society- imagines all prisoners are bad, therefore, they are.
They overlook all the other factors that put people in prison, often falsely accused. This leads me to another quote:
" Seek and ye shall find. Unsought goes undetected."
The bad is usually obvious in people, not always but usually. You have to look for the good qualities in a person, don`t accept the obvious if you don`t look, you don`t see it.
That last bit is especially true in here. Loud people, grounchy people, quiet withdrawn people, even the bullies, if you look hard enough, deep enough, you will find something good about them - no matter what they have done.
An older man told me that back in the 80`s, I have never forgotten it!
How we perceice other people and our differences is well stated in " Secret Language of Symbols" by David Fontana. .." The underlying reason for these differences is..the creative limitations of the human mind."
This was written about symbolism but it also applies to people.
A policeman, the courts cannot see a prisoner as anything but a prisoner, a wrong-doer. While they are usually, but not always, correct in that, they are limited in their thinking. The prisoner is a human, subject to human error.
They miss that and any good that person has within them.
It applies to race, religion, customs and cultural differences.
One of my quotes touchted on acceptance of differences, toleration of differences. Through  those,  and understanding, knowlege and effort we free our minds of limitations.

Harold Lee, in his letter from January, 27 2012

Harold Lee
# 1230284
Powledge Unit
1400 FM 3452
Palestine, TX 75803 - 2350

"Imaginative Impression" quote from Nosterdamus by J.H. Brennan
"Seek and ye shal find, Unsought goes undetected" quote from King Oedipus by Sophocles

Montag, 16. Januar 2012

To know that someone...

To know that someone loves you
to know that someone does care
Is enough to bring comfort
when life seems so unfair
No matter what the trouble
love can ease the pain
It soothes the hurt
keeping a person sane
It`s that knowing
that gives strength and hope
for in knowing we are loved
we are able to cope
When you love someone
Showing them that you care
it brings them comfort
when life seems so unfair
When two people love eachother
Showing that they care
Its the greatest comfort
Beyond compare

Harold Lee -- January 9. 2012

Freitag, 30. Dezember 2011

Looking for a penpal in Europe!

Danny is looking for a penpal, someone who will keep him company by letters...
He is a musician, a singer and has been an entertainer for quite a few years .
He is 49.
And would like to write to men or women...

Currently incarcerated at the Powledge Unit in Palestine, TX

Thanks ....he really would love to receive your letter!!

Daniel Wells
# 1486903
Powledge Unit
1400 FM 3452
Palestine, TX 75803