Bird Lovers, Bird Haters

nesting geese, free bird

Birds are a symbol of freedom and hope. To Spoon Jackson and other inmates, they are sacred guests.

Now that the most vicious and outlandish bird hater has been transferred to another prison, I hope to convince my geese family pair to stay again on the small yard to nest.

Yet there are still a few bird haters around, so a native American brother and I are trying to get the geese to nest in their area, sacred grounds where the bird haters cannot go. I’m trying to figure out how to communicate to the geese that just 25 yards away from where they nested the first time, it’s safe for them to build their home. Just this moment my geese family walked up. I must go.

Read more in Spoon’s bird blog.


This was previously published on the Spoon Jackson Realness Network.

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About Spoon Jackson

Poet/writer/artist/teacher. In prison since 1977. I had two books published in 2010 “Longer Ago Poems by Spoon Jackson” and “By Heart Poetry, Prison, And Two Lives”, a double memoir by Judith Tannenbaum and me. I've been featured in films, plays, articles, books and music suites. I've found my niche in life despite being in prison for over 35 years. I have found that prisons are created internally and are truly found everywhere. I have also discovered that the secrets to break down prison walls are inside each person and I treasure sharing this realness with people. I keep my light glowing through expressing my inner thoughts, vibes and feelings in my poetry and prose writing. Write to me! Address on the blog: Spoon Jackson Realness Network.


  1. Christine says:

    When reading about your little buddy, I can almost see you taking the family for that walk to safety! *smile* Nice!

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