Sing Out Strong: Incarcerated Voices, “writing = survival”

Writing = survival
Text by Joseph Dole, music by Patricio Molina

Writing = survival.
I write to release anger.
I write to release pain.
I write to release stress.
I write to obtain and gain.

I write to gain my freedom.
I write to obtain sustenance.
I write to grasp my own knowledge.
I write to expose Injustice.

I write to fight,
to protect mine,
and others’ rights.

Writing is my sword and my shield.
I write offensively and defensively,
and I offend and defend accordingly.

Beware to those who try to take the pen from my grip,
because without the pen all that’s left is my fist