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Cheleta Tuckson

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Cheleta Tuckson’s poem “My Eyes Have Seen What My Heart Has Felt” was selected by Clint Smith, guest editor for Poem-a-Day in February 2019, and published on February 22, 2019, in partnership with Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, an organization based in Washington DC, that elevates voices of those directly impacted by the prison system through creative writing.

Cheleta Tuckson was born and raised in Washington D.C. At the age of 18, Cheleta was incarcerated as a first-time offender and sentenced to serve 8 years in prison. She now works to provide social support and life skills training to women in prison who are dealing with anger issues as a result of trauma.


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Guilty Guilty Guilty for actions that took my sympathy
Shackles around my wrist shackles at my feet
Prom and high school graduation these eyes will never see
My heart said, Oh well
At least you will no longer have to endure your daily home abuse
I grew into a woman