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O D City by Mark Anthony Given

Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. #PSALM19
       HEROIN EPIDEMIC NATIONWIDE and around the world, their dropping like flies.  OD City #ODCITY from town to town and all across the plains from brown to white fueled by a twenty billion dollar a year hydrocodone business.  Lock up your sons and daughters in the little world they grew up in where they got a trophy for everything they did and told how special they are.  They get out on their own and see their are no free trophy's just for being you.  And oh by the way?  There's nothing special about you whatsoever. 

       I USED TO COP from a guy across the street who went across New Orleans to Washington and North Claiborne Avenue where an old man on the raggediest old bicycle you ever seen hung around the Burger King.  He would park across the street until the old guy seen him and make his way across h…

Me and My Monster by Mark Anthony Given

                     Things that cause people to sin are bound to come,            but woe to that person through whom they come. #JESUS #LUKE171 ______________________________
      THE ASSUMPTION PARISH PRISON in little Napoleonville,  Louisiana along Highway One ran alongside the Mississippi river separating the United States of America with Coon Ass Country.  And when you look at one you honestly cannot tell who, or what he is.  "Who dat?"  "Where ya at?" Your standing right in front of the them. The absolute worst bastardization of the English language since Ebonics.  Kinda looked Arab and Mexican and part Puerto Rican with some French Canadian, a dash of Negro and Indian for good measure and you got your modern day Coon Ass. 
    BUT MY MONSTER was as black as midnight standing right in front of you in the pouring rain and only see him during a lighting strike black.  Looked like a young Sonny Liston, just a menacing presenc…

Joey Tomatoes by Mark Anthony Given


A person who seeks help for a friend, 
while needy himself, will be answered first.
-The Talmud
________________________________________________________   I HAD THIS celli when I was in federal prison that looked like a bonifide nineteen sixties pop star who could have been Frankie Vallie's stand in, doing five years for trafficking a couple hundred kilos out of South Florida.  Owned a famous restaurant and was opening two more  while we were in a cement air conditioned cell in north Florida. He was tripping on Marianne Williamson's "A Course in Miracle's," new age religion and exercised all day.  His job was to clean three water fountains on the second floor of Mohawk Unit.  Mine was to keep two showers clean.  Took all of twenty minutes a day and hit the yard.  We both paid a less fortunate non English speaking individual ten or fifteen bucks a month to do it.  We called him "Joey Tomatoe's," b…

The Mercury Bandit by Mark Anthony Given

Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible. -Frank Gaines ______________________________________
          WHEN I HAD a couple hundred dollar a day habit in New Orleans back in the eighties there used to be this place in Gentilly called the "Ice House", that sold ice and cashed checks in a tiny neighborhood bar in the back. Right in the front on busy Chef Menteur Highway, across from the New Orleans Baptist Seminary, you would step up to a giant two inch thick bullet-proof glass and if everything was in order, he would point to a lipstick camera and tell you to look right into the camera with your ID under your chin, like a mug shot. That was their deterrent, the camera. In fact, as you stood there waiting on them to do whatever they did to verify the check, It was always right after five in the afternoon. You could see people's photographs standing right where you were standing and it was a perfect face shot, and could…

The Smartest Dummy by Mark Anthony Given

Just remember if we get caught your deaf and I don't speak English...
          THE SMARTEST guy I ever met in prison committed the stupidest crime you ever heard of. Late twenties, long brown scraggy facial hair and kind of big, and although I never seen him speaking to anyone else, everybody pretty much left him alone.  He came to me to help him get his state time that he already did to count toward his federal sentence. That never works.  You can run your state time with your federal time but you can't credit any time in state custody to a federal sentence.  I seen he was like me in that I always had my head in a big fat text book.  I was reading landmark United States Supreme Court cases and he was studying math books. String Theory, Fuzzy Logic, Fermat's Last Theorem, Chaos Theory, I threw every bump in the road at him and he knew them all.  For all the school smarts he had he was still the dumbest criminal you ever heard of.  I guarantee you this is the dumbest federa…