“What happens to love in the Twilight Zone (Federal Prison)”

“What happens to love in the Twilight Zone.(Federal prison)”
I’ve put many hours of thought into this question. To many some might say, If I was not sure there were so many around me thinking about the same thing; I too might feel that way.
She tells me that she loves me and as in that respect our lives have not changed. There are times when I can see it; I know how I feel for this woman on the outside of the Zone my love is real. Am I being selfish and not looking at things in the right way? In reality in the Twilight Zone we have twice as many hours in a day. I know her world is moving fast and she has so much to do, that adds to that speed she has the children to take care of too. But man it seems like she could find a minute to send me a picture or two. I just want to touch something  That I know she has touched,I’m sure my brothers here feel the same too. What a sad state of affairs I got myself in trying to bind a love between two worlds. That differences has no end. Am I trying to compete where I just don’t fit In? Or is it true what my Old Brother said that love has no boundaries if we don’t let doubt win. I have no way of knowing what percentage of relationship survives the twilight zone. I’m looking for a way to ensure that mine is one of those that hold on.
I heard so many others say while in jail things were going fine; it seem as if their story is a mirror image of mine. When we enter the Twilight Zone their lives changed so did mine. It seems as if our loved ones started to drift away. Letters,cards,and emails slowed day by day. Some days there is something telling me I should go my own way. Then there is that gut feeling(The one mama Told me I should trust), It’s saying that I should stand fast because love does not often come to us and when we find it we should make it last.
There has been one thing that’s been consistent she  has said she wants things to remain the same. It’s just that some time her actions or lack there of make me want to scream. OG said that communication will heal all my pain; but if she want answer back how do I know she understand? I’ve heard my brothers say I came into the twilight zone(federal prison) alone and I’ll leave the same way. For me that statement is not true. I came here with the love of a woman in my heart and there is nothing I want more than to have it the same way when I depart.
I think of her each day fun memories of our past that awakes the love that I know we had. I wonder If I cross her mind in the same way. I wonder If I cross her mind on this very day. Maybe it was valentines, it just passed the other day. Maybe it woke up in me the love I know has not gone away.
“JW” FROM THE ZONE!

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMA”!!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMA

WE MET HER IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE. OUR LIVES HAVE NOT BEEN THE SAME FROM THAT DAY ON.

THERE WAS AN ENERGY SHE BROUGHT INTO THE ROOM THAT CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF THE HAPPY AND SAD A LIKE.

THE SMILE ON HER FACE WOULD NOT ALLOW US TO TURN BACK. YOU COULD HEAR PEOPLE SAYING, ” SHE IS BEAUTIFUL, LOOK AT THAT SMILE.”

IN THAT MOMENT, SHE WOULD STEAL A LITTLE PIECE OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS. NO ONE SEEMED TO CARE THAT SHE WAS NOT JUST PLAYING THE PART. MAMA WAS WHO SHE WAS, AND SHE HAD A RIGHT TO ALL OF OUR HEARTS.

WE WATCHED HER AS SHE WENT FROM PLACE TO PLACE WITH A HELLO AND A HAPPY FACE; MAMA SPRINKLED LOVE ALL OVER THE PLACE.

TODAY, WE GET TO GIVE SOME LOVE BACK. IT’S MAMA’S BIRTHDAY, HOW ABOUT THAT?

REMEMBER WHEN SHE TOLD US ABOUT HONEYMOON HOLLOW AND HOW IT GOT IT’S NAME? REMEMBER THAT LOVE STORY THAT HAD US ALL WISHING FOR THE SAME?

MAMA, I’M JUST THE ONE WHO’S WRITING DOWN THE WORDS. BUT, THE LOVE FOR OUR MAMA FROM HONEYMOON HOLLOW CAN BE HEARD ALL OVER THE WORLD.

SHE IS BEAUTIFUL; SHE IS KIND. SHE IS PATIENT. MAMA HAS CHILDREN OF EVERY HUE AND ENOUGH LOVE TO GO AROUND. MAMA, WE LOVE YOU.

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE YOU WERE BORN IN 1933; THE LOVE AND JOY YOU BRING TO US? THAT’S REALLY HARD TO SEE. 84 YEARS OF LIVING FOR GOD IS SOMETHING I WANT FOR ME.

WE REALLY DO LOVE YOU! WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT THIS BIRTHDAY IS YOUR VERY BEST! WE THANK GOD FOR BEING ABLE TO SHARE IT. HE BLESSED YOU WITH 13 OF YOUR VERY OWN, AND YOU’VE ADOPTED US IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE!

YOU’VE GOT TO BE THE WORLD’S GREATEST MOTHER; TO YOU OUR HEARTS BELONG. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAMA, MAY GOD BLESS YOU FROM THE ZONE!

WE LOVE YOU!

“My SON”

“MY SON”
Elroy was my Father’s name and I love him with all my heart.
I named my son after him hoping that through him my father
would forever live on. I haven’t seen my son in many years.
Today his shadow passed my way and I caught a glimpse of him
and I pray he’s is here to stay. My son, you were never forgotten
I’ve been praying for this day. I Love you Roy! I hope you are here
TO STAY!!!! ONE LOVE PH

“Valentine’s From The Zone”

VALENTINE’S FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE
From a distant land, a time in space that to the free world it would seem to stand still we speak the work that time or speed has not the power to kill.
I wonder what would happen if from The Twilight Zone and beyond everyone would speak the words I love You and let them travel from the depths of the ocean to the sun.
Everyone say I Love You and you and those words travel to all the galaxies and beyond.
Not to and individual, not to someone we know; just say I love You and let the Power of those words flow.
What if I love You was a medicine? What if it could heal the world? What if I love you could bring joy to the life of every man, woman, boy, and girl?
On this Valentine’s Day, will you say I Love You? Will you let those beautiful words go? Will you take a chance on Your Love helping someone You don’t know?
I’ll get it started “I Love You”. will you carry it on? Help me send out love today even to the unknown.
BY: Twilight

“Let The Past Be The Past”

“Let The Past Be The Past”
Recently I read an article from “The Link”, a newspaper from Cheraw,SC composed by columnist
Susan Griggs. Susan built the theme for her article around a cheap pair of shoes she had grown to love.
Unfortunately, this particular pair of shoes fell victim to possible ruin when peed upon by a friends excitable
dog! Returning home, Susan set the shoes aside near her washing machine intending to run them through the
machine to remove the stain. However, she became gripped by fear that washing the shoes would completely
ruin them. This fear paralyzed her into inaction. Although she knew she could never wear them again until the
stain was removed, her fear of washing them, giving them a chance to be what they once were to her, was
denying her of the experience. Ultimately, she came to the correct conclusion, overcame this fear of failure
and washed her shoes. Putting them back into her life, enjoying them.
Although Susan went on to make a different moral conclusion for her personal experience with her stained
shoes, I and many thousands like me could apply the beloved but stained shoe concept to our personal situation.
We are stained. Each of us have friends or loved ones who at one time truly loved us. They felt as comfortable
with us as a favored pair of shoes until we made a mistake. We betrayed their trust and we find ourselves set
aside in the Twilight Zone of a Federal Prison. We are set aside for stain removal through a washing process
engineered by the Department Of Justice. Without doubt the process may completely ruin some. Like the shoes,
it may have something to do with the washing process itself. None the less, when the process is complete, each
of us desire the chance to be favored by our friends and loved ones once again. Like Susan with her shoes, we hope they overcome the fear of giving the chance, leaving us set aside when the process is completed.
Of course, like the shoes, we have a responsibility to do our part, to be what we are suppose to be in the
relationship. The vast majority of us will, upon release, gladly fulfill those responsibilities, for we long for the
return to those responsibilities. Most of have lost not only our relationships but all our possessions as well. However,
in this losing, many have found much greater gain; many have found that “The Blessings of the Lord makes rich and
He adds no sorrow with it”, ( see Proverbs 10:22, New English STD. VER. BIBLE). At Psalm 94:12-13 within the same
book it can be found that “Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord, and whom you teach out of your law, to
give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked”.
Whether the success stories returning from the Twilight Zone renders credit to their creator, a friend, a family
member, The Department Of Justice or themselves for the removal of the stain, if they demonstrate the ability to
be the person you once loved, then they will appreciate your acceptance. They may even prove to be better than you
ever thought they could be before the stain. You could possibly see they now love you more than they love themselves.
When one can do that you two can become one because you are walking in the divine nature of Love, Joy, Peace,
Gentleness, Kindness, Goodness< Faithfulness, Patience and Self – Control. You will be walking in the spirit.
When the once stained friend or loved one returns to you complete and each of you enjoy a caring, sharing, loving relationship forward, forever. The kind you both at first envisioned, it will be because the stain has truly been
removed from your friend or loved one, and because you gave them a chance.
You forgave them, Unconditionally!!!
:TWILIGHT

“THE POWER OF A WOMENS LOVE”

“THE POWER OF A WOMENS LOVE”
On this mountain sheltering a home for 295 of us dwelling within the Twilight Zone of a federal prison. The day’s weather appeared to be a blizzard! Snow blowing everywhere, creating havoc for even those who live free on this mountain outside the ZONE. Schools are closed and those who normally would consider snow as just a normal condition of the place that they call home. They are showing grate respect to the storm of that I have no doubt. In the south where I am from, its a storm no one would dare; These women have braved it because they care. Visitation begins at eight o’clock in the morning and continues until three. On this particular day, only three names are called, three have braved the storm to visit their loved ones that’s all. Many would consider their actions madness. To me Its love indeed! The stuff love stories are written about the kind not often seen. . In my mind the love demonstrated by these three today halted a blizzard and turned all bad thing away. what more powerful than that? Nothing I would say.
The first and youngest of the visitors to arrive was Kennet, with a brightness about her rarely ever seen within the ZONE. Kennet lives only fifteen minutes away and she is here every visitation day. Her being here this morning speaks volumes for all to see. If it were now my wife speaking of her she would surely say; “That child is really special to have made the trip today.” Kennet has three children from which she demands the most in school,
Also in her home, education is the rule. Moreover, Kennet is professional person so her life is quite full. Her coming through a snow storm to visit her husband is a testament to the world that love like what was shared by Romeo and Juliet may have been just as they said a love to the death. Some people may say young people do not love that way in this day and time, I can almost hear Kennet say; “That is not true when it come to me and mine.”

Robin and Louise arrive at the same time; I’ll tell you of Robin next for if I’m relating this by age, Robin is next in line. Although only five feet tall, she has a presence about her capable of making giants feel small. Robin resides two hours way and will get here anyway she can; riding with children, with in-laws or bumming rides from friends. Even though she comes from farther away, she is here every week, generally for all three days. Robin has a smile for everyone she meet. Each of the wives who attend visitations know Robin and with loving affection of her they speak. Her love for her husband has brought its own fame. When they look at each other you can see there’s a special flame a love that has stood the test of time. She
shares her joy with everyone, and for her husband she will stare a blizzard down! Now told me if that’s not the type of person you would like to be around. For Robin and here husband there is a love story to immolate “Richard and Mildred Loving” Their last name was “Loving” and their lives said the same!
Louise journey  is eight hours to enter the Twilight zone not less than once per month and she stays all three days not eve a snow storm can seen her home. Being here this morning in the peak of the storm reveals to all the strength of her love for her man in the Zone. Even though she is the oldest of the three who have arrived its really hard to tell. For not only does she capture and own her husbands heard, she is held dear and loved by all who are privileged to know her within the Zone. She assists those left at home to understand what it truly means to have a love one who lives within the Twilight Zone. She has been known to go above and beyond to repair young love torn by the Twilight Zone.
Louise’s husband has been in the zone a very long time, yet she takes it upon herself to give others peace of mind. This beautiful lady is an example for young and old; beauty, grace, courage, humility and joy for all to see. Not even a storm can stop her love from being where it wants to be. I can’t wait to walk through a typhoon to show her love in kind; So that she will know that her love is a twin to mine. If some day our love story is told it will be compared Abelard and Heloise. The joining of two soul after years and years need.
Its 3pm and visitation has come to an end. These three loving women walk out into a bright and sun shining day. There is no sign of a blizzard in sight; Love has overcome and the whole world seems right.

To all the women who would dare to enter the Twilight Zone weather the day is clear or into a storm. You have taught us a lesson we should have learned when we were home; That love conquers all if we are willing to face the storms. It is our constant prayer not to forget that lesson when we get home. To all of you who make the journey week after week and those of you who can only come once or twice a year we give a special thanks to you for trying to keep us near. What you do is no small feat. God bless you for showing a love so deep.
TWILIGHT!

“Judge Us Not”

 

“Jugde Us Not”

Returning to a city/town you once loved tends to be a hit-or-miss proposition from the
Twilight Zone ( Federal Zone). It can ba a letdown. Going back to the places of our past may
produce a feeling of sorrow, loss, or hapiness. We are not the same pearson we were when we
left, nor is the place that was os significant in our lives exactly as it was. I can’t say if this is good
or bad in either case. However, I know it is our faith in Christ and His power that enables us to look
ahead, move forward, and rebuild.
From here in the Twilight Zone, the place we were sent to when we left our beloved city/town and
loved ones, I often wonder what home is like now and how much the people I left behind have changed
since I’ve been gone? What my presence would have meant to their lives, and how their presence would
have changed me had I never entered the Twilight Zone. I know that I’ve changed for the better, and I’ve
seen others around me changed as well. I’m very thankful for this time of growing in the Zone. I know that
this may seem strange to you, but I’m 100% convinced that if I wasn’t sent here to the Twilight Zone I wouldn’t
be writing this today. And with that being said, I want to give God all the glory for giving me and my brothers
a second chance @ a great life.
I often wonder about those who live outside of the Zone, the preconceived judgement of us who must
return to the cities and towns we call home from the Twilight Zone.
We will have paid our debt to society, our slate will be clean. What will be our acceptance into the place
we call home?
“Stay In Your Lane” is a term often used here in the Twilight Zone that simply means to mind your own
business. Believe it or not, the Zone is a place you have to earn reaspect, it’s not given to you nor is it easily
earned. That in itself will stick with me when I’m finally released & for the rest of my life. I pray that God will
the strength not to judge others the way some will judge me & my brothers from the Zone.
As the snow is falling outside of my window & accumilating even more, it is a beautiful sight. But not as
beautiful as the day when I can walk out of the Twilight Zone. I want to give a special “shout out” to my friend
Twilight for being such an inspiration to me. I wish him the best @ whatever life offers him. And on this
Tuesday, January 31,2017 from the Twilight Zone we are all one day closer to our beloved families!!! May agod bless each of you & your families. I’ll see you on the ither side. Your friend, John Wesley Graves “JW