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National Poetry Month: A Poem by Innocence Project Exoneree Mark Denny

By Emma Zack

Mark Denny at the 2018 Innocence Network Conference in Memphis, TN. Photo by Lacy Atkins.

In honor of National Poetry Month, today we are featuring a poem titled Weathering the Storm, which Innocence Project exoneree Mark Denny wrote while he was incarcerated. Mark Denny was arrested at the age of 17 and freed at the age of 46. He served nearly 30 years for a rape and robbery that he did not commit.

If you have a poem about justice that you’d like to share, send it to [email protected] or comment below. We’ll be selecting a number of pieces to share on www.innocenceproject.org and on social media this month. Yours might be chosen!

 

Weathering the Storm

 Life is really what you make of it…

It can be as beautiful as a

botanical garden in the spring time.

As adventurous as six flags

in the summer time.

As breezy and leafy

in the autumn’s fall

Or as bold and cold

When eventually winter calls.

Weathering the storm is a

phase of them all

For this reason our emotions,

like oceans, rise and fall.

Just pause and think,

remembering your goal.

By weathering the storm

you prove that your heart

is as solid as gold.

 

Read more about Mark Denny’s case here.

6 Comments

  1. Diane H

    Peace.

  2. John Candido

    Jailed at 17 and released almost 30 years later, an innocent man at the age of 46. I am stunned by what happened to Mark Denny. These sorts of things should not happen. Someone commits a crime and an innocent person pays for it!

    Two devastating wrongs mean that prioritising real reform of the justice system in the United States of America, is an urgent matter. Governments must commit funds to give effect to these reforms so that terrible cases like Mark Denny’s, do not happen ever again.

  3. Darlene Sudds

    HI MR MARK DENNY THAT IS A AWESOME POEM.I DROPPED A FEW TEARS CAUSE MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN LOCKED up for a crime Like yu . A District Attorney .from Houston texas sent me a letter STATING That thay have NO DNA NOR EVIDENCE from MY HUSBAND AND THEY HAVE DROPPED MY HUSBANDS CASE TO.BUTT BUT THEY WENT ON WORDS .Only on the word of TWO WOMEN . So we are Fighting to get him ouT OF PRISON for A LIE THOSE GIRLS TOLD ITS FRUSTRATING .I LOVE THE INNONCEPROJECT Yu all HELP PEOPLE TO. WE HALF TO fight for What is RIGHT KEEP WRITNG THOSE POEMS SO YU CAN TELL YOUR STORIES TO OTHERS AND HELP GOD BLESS.

  4. Donna Seymour

    Best regards to you. You have real talent. I hope you will continue your poem writing. Eventually, maybe, have them printed for a book.

  5. PEGGY CALLAHAN

    BEAUTIFUL WORDS FOR US,ALL, MARK!!

  6. faith lee

    Lakeith Smith is innocent of murder. The law charged him as an accomplice in a robbery which lead to the death of his friend by an officer.
    A robbery and a theft are the same thing. This is double jeopardy trying the same offense twice.
    If it was a neighbor that shot his friend or the house they invadeds owner then it would be self defense. If an officer does the killing then it is his job.
    It would be the parents to the deceased that would have to file this charge not the state.
    I hope they appeal they can not bring back their son but to adopt Smith and release him after a robbery sentence to probation with that family.
    How do I find out the jail he is in and if an appeal is under way?

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