I’m in the talons of a phoenix rising over the earth,
ground becoming smaller as silence amplifies.
Over rainbows of apprehension,
I find darkness appealing seeing stars at a distance,
don’t feel too far away from light.

Cherishing nothing but a moment of loose thought,
unmovable yet free to saunter around
with no gravity to make it stop,
tragic if it does, for a part of me would be lost.

Secure in the clutches of this fiery beast,
touches of fear being cooled by the flames of passion,
purified by it carrying me away from mediocrity.
I feel protected, no longer measured by people’s expectations,
I can live and never miss a step,
So don’t have to worry about stumbling.

In the talons of a phoenix rising over the earth,
I have rest in knowing I’ll never touch the planet again.

Marshall Jones is a 42 year old man on a lifelong journey of bearing fruit for the Kingdom of God. The author with Jessica Jones of THE PRODIGAL SON, Marshall's Biography includes his almost 21 years life sentence incarceration. THE PRODIGAL SON, just published January 2024, They married November 1, 2022. Marshall is also author of "A RAVEN'S MEAL" (RoseDog Books), a poetry collection, he aspires to target the grey areas and the people who are terribly misunderstood by society. Believing that everyone deserves a voice, he shares his testimony in his books and in their Red Granite Daily Devorionals (800 and counting). He also tries to use his gifting to share other people's experiences as well. Writing from the prison system that has now housed his body for almost 21 years, but also from the place that has been the catalyst to his freedom. As Jessica discovered in 2019, working as an employee in the Wisconsin correctional system, "Marshall lives more freely within the walls of that prison than any other person I’ve met in my life outside". Click on the YouTube Links below for these books and on the 'PUBLISHED WORKS' LINK FOR BOTH.