Human Me

Battle Buddies… by Rory Andes

In the military, a battle buddy is the person who looks out for you. He or she helps by assisting you in more complex tasks, holding you accountable to a moral framework, or they simply identify the things you can’t. It all works because in the course of service, the battle buddy has a sense …

Life Inside Prison by Marshall Byers

NOTICE ! ——————————————————————————— THIS BATHROOM WILL BE CHECKED AT RANDOM TIMES. ANYBODY CAUGHT WRITING OR DRAWING ON THE WALLS WILL BE INFRACTED. (WAC-755) This is posted on the bathroom wall inside our education building. It’s very bazaar reading this notice for the pure fact that it even has to be implemented in the first place. …

Because I’m Not Yours To Have A Poem By Ruth Utnage

Just because you bought me somethingOr gave me a complimentBecause I politely smiled at you…You think I’m yoursOr interested at allSilly man childNeverWhy, I’m no more ever going to be yours then the air you breathThe carbon monoxide you exhaleWater you drinkAs if this land is yoursBought a deed, now you are a godI think …

Enduring Together… by Rory Andes

For several years a colleague and I have supported our prison’s Native American circle through sewing and textile work. I personally have fabricated the covering for their sweat lodge, or inipi. While we have done this, we never had the opportunity to attend one of their sweat lodge ceremonies. To me, its like barging in …

Nicole Ann Williams Byers Tracy by Marshall Byers

Nicole, when we were kids I loved hanging out with you, mostly when your parents weren’t home. You made me watch Dirty Dancing, Ghost, and Grease a million times. I had such a crush on you. Do you remember all the times you invited me to join your family during summer to water ski, and …

Sometimes I Feel Like Koko The Gorilla: I’m Smart, For An Ape by Jeff aka Ruth Utnage

I don’t think people know me very well. Actually, I don’t think people have any faith in me. I think they doubt my ability to be truly successful and it hurts. I was having a conversation with my Mom at visit and I was explaining that my “accomplishments” thus far aren’t accomplishments at all, they …

Happy Birthday Kyle Loth by Marshall Byers

Thaaaaaaaank you for walking all the way from Austin Texas with Lory, your incredibly beautiful, adventurous, authentic, cheerful, independent, humorous, smart and generous girlfriend on your birthday to come visit me. Kyle, I’m very proud of you for continuously reaching for success in the work place back home. Please put forth all your efforts with …

TV Evangelists Should Be Illegal by Jeff aka Ruth Utnage

I am a Christian woman. Love me some Jesus. Don’t get me wrong, the first time I see God I’m gonna punch Him right square in the mouth on account of the whole trans thing…and maybe for mosquitoes too. We can spend the rest of eternity sorting it out. But in all seriousness, TV evangelism …

Please Help!… By Rory Andes

My roommate, Ruth, is driving me crazy. She needs someone to connect to from the community, like you the reader. She writes for your reading pleasure everyday and she leaves her contact information and I see the let down everyday at mail call when our readers don’t write in. I’m begging you, write her. Anything. …