Archive for November, 2009

A Display of natural beauty

November 25, 2009

October 27, 2009 | Tuesday

THE SUN HAS set outside of Death Row in Texas. I stood at my window and watched as the sun slowly inched its way down. The cloud’s colors became a display of natural beauty. Much in the same way the setting sun will show itself to you and will caress the soft spot within you as you stand watching it yourself. That is the same beautiful sight that I am privileged to witness.

Hope is yet alive for him.

November 25, 2009

October 26, 2009 | Monday

I WAS SITTING in the recreation area only minutes ago and am hoping that I haven’t yet lost my thoughts. It happens sometimes because at times we on Death Row are distracted by details. I wish there was a way to transport you where I sat only moments ago. Something came into perspective while I looked across into the small recreation yard where two men were tossing the basketball at the goal. They were obviously speaking to each other before and after every shot. They continued for some time while I stood and began pacing around. I then noticed Bobby Woods in an inside recreation yard, who was watching those to men. Bobby seemed distraught. All three of those men are on Death Watch and are scheduled to be executed this year. One of these men is scheduled to be executed on the19th of November, a year to the day when I was to be executed. My execution date was withdrawn. However, my situation remain serious. Moments ago I felt as one with what is possibly going through their minds. This is all so crazy. Another man is scheduled for execution tomorrow. However, as it’s a day from being done, hope is yet alive for him. Executions have become all too common in Texas.

This beast called Death Row

November 25, 2009

October 25, 2009 | Sunday

HMMM, SPORTS fans. Would you believe that we are also found in the bowels of this beast called Death Row?! Not everybody in these cells is captivated by football, but I am one who is! An hour before noon on Sundays most football fans tune into the football pre-game shows and lose themselves in the hype. I do sometimes lose myself in the hype, the days football games are all winding down. If you are a Dallas Cowboys fan, like me, then you should be glowing right about now! How ‘bout them Cowboys? We won. They did that, the Cowboys. They won. 🙂

Gets me to something that I’m hoping to dispel in showing what it takes for me to catch a Dallas Cowboys football game. I thoroughly enjoy when the Dallas Cowboys beat any opposing team. Imagine me with my radio in hand waving it around in attempts to locate good reception but none is found, so I lift the radio over my head and point north with my free hand, lift my right leg, stick out my tongue. The static on this A.M. radio station does become loud for moments and the station fades in an out, but it never dims my great mood because, after all, I am listening to my favorite football team play. All the fine-tuning to this 5-cent radio is worth the trouble to listen to the Dallas Cowboys play!

Why not just walk to the living area and watch it on TV? This is not an option for any of us on Death Row. Contrary to how a lot of people think, we on Death Row live in 24-hour confinement and the last time anybody on Death Row saw a television was more than a decade ago. Our type of incarceration on Death Row is purposely geared towards isolation and sensory deprivation. In all the years of my incarceration I have avoided exposing my circumstances to my family because I did not want them to anguish about what I am going through.

This place and its conditions should be exposed for what they are.