Category Archives: Jeremiah Gilbert

I am now at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center. Quite the journey thus far… The chain ride left my wrists and ankles broke out from the metal as usual, but besides that it was actually a pleasant trip.

I have been here approximately six weeks now and today was blessed to receive the last of my property! Which happened to be what I wanted the most… my beading supplies. Yeah me! 🙂 Now I must hustle and try to get all the holiday gifts made and sent out.

I am in the Ridge Dog Training Program here. May be the best dog program I have seen yet. Time will tell. I am also volunteering in a program called Cultural Give-Away. As the name suggests we work to made things to donate back to various cultural communities. At present we are making some quilts to send out to the Brothers and Sisters over in the Dakotas standing up to the oil rapists who view dollars more sacred than the land. Our thoughts and prayers to those at Standing Rock…

I’ll write again soon. Does anyone want to read more of my poems??? Until then, may the Creator grant you your dreams…STAY POSITIVE!!!!

Jeremiah Gilbert
DOC #709551

Check out Voices of Washington State Prisoners 2016! Let people know. Let me know, can we change this warehouse system? I am ready to do what I can…

Jeremiah Gilbert
DOC #709551

Just a thought…

How does conditioning me to be dependant ensure my success in an independant society? Hmm… something seems amiss there. Should I cow-tow and become the submissive, groveling wishy washy cut-out that surrounds me? Is that what society calls for? I pray not, for then I will never fit in! Is my confusion just as I hear that I need to learn to solve my problems nicely as I watch the “powers that be” abuse said power and confirm that might is right?

At least I’m still thinking….

Jeremiah Gilbert
DOC #709551

Prison Release

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Here I am… the face to the poems, the smile hidden to most… the heart finally feeling loved… I am blessed these days as I now look to being able to walk from these walls, to being able to pursue all the trials, tears and triumphs of life as I have never known as a grown man. Almost 25 years now the sands of time have trickled slowly through the glass of my existence…now for the first time I may be running out of time as I look for the skills to help ensure my success upon release… please pray for me, if just a breath of a wish that someday I am able to give back the love, support and hugs that so many have given me over the years….

How do I admit that the reality of release is somewhat scary? I am a man who has grown up within these ironhouses since the age of 15… training myself to never emote, especailly fear or pain. Now I face the most daunting challenge of my life, to go out and live it in a manner that will be successful, be peaceful… maybe even meaningful. I must remind myself that being away for so long will be for naught to many, they will recall me as the lost boy who left them, they haven’t been here as step by trodden step I have chosen to become more than just this number, more than their definitions. Chosing instead those definitions of those that love and support me still… Like Uncle Bear…:) I am pretty good at that one! Maybe their little hands will ease my fears? Just a thought….

Jeremiah Gilbert
DOC #709551

What a trip!

I’m not really fond of chain bus rides on an overall basis, the metal breaks my wrists out, there is never any leg room, always a nevous nelly asking all the same ol’ questions and aways some super convict that somehow none of the rest of us know that tries to “school” young nervous… Sounds fun right?!?!? Yet this last one was rather surreal.

I just returned from my resentencing. As I expected from the rural little jail, courthouse and people, I recieved the longer term. As it sits now I have ONLY 22 years to go!… Seeing that I have just begun my 24th, even that is downhill from here. And it is SOOO much better than NEVER!!!

If by the Creators blessing I win my next round of appeals I’ll have a chance to earn my way home in as little as 2 years. Upon the completion of the 25 years (as was written in the 5064 bill).

Thank you to all those who have prayed, loved and supported me throughout all of this. I am humbled, as well as empowered by each of you!

Heading Home.

Jeremiah Gilbert
DOC #709551

I will be back in court on the 20th of July. The prosecutor is trying for consecutive sentences which means 22 more years, but we are going for concurrent which would mean 2 more until I would get a parole hearing. Thank you for all your prayers, love and support through all of this! I am blessed either way to not have NEVER hanging on me anymore…

Respects,
Bear

Jeremiah Gilbert
DOC #709551

LIVE INTENTIONALLY…LIVE WORTHY…WITH PURPOSE

To live intentionally is to be self aware. To be aware of the ripple you cause as you wade through life. No matter your personal belief all your ripples wash upon the shores of the hereafter. If you wish a gentle beach, walk softly.

As a man I need not another to tell me how to conduct myself on a day to day basis. Should another speak upon me I must be brave enough to first look within; the darkest place where the most truth is hidden. Should his words echo as true I must be humble, be grateful and then chose to be obedient. Realizing the Creator often speaks though men, even those that do not understand that they are but a vessel.

Should their words fall flat, I realize this man just wishes to hear himself and I smile in a manner gracious as I remind myself to say only about him what I’ll say to him. I must be able to walk my talk in all things. Only in doing so will my own words echo upon those other souls in need.

To live worthy. Have you seen pride smolder in the eyes of your mother? Your father? Those other people whose admiration, loyalty, respect and love you wish to never again tred upon? Has that reflection ever been seen in your own eyes? Look upon yourself. There lies your greatest teacher, your longest journey.

Are you worthy of all the love given you? All the moments spent in quiet desperate prayer on your behalf. Moments you may never hear of… Are you worthy of sorrows shared? Can you stiffle your own cries to soothe another? To live worthy is to no longer live for self.

To live with purpose. The meaning of life. To have that purpoes to which one can direct their passion is to live free in every moment. In those moments when all seems lost a purpose reminds you…this too shall pass… at times tunnel vision is the only way through the mountainous obsticles. But there is always a way. There is always a choice. We sit in these iron-houses, these prisons, due to choice.

Cut away all the blame, excuses and denial and we are left with a choice we made on our life’s path that caused us to stumble. Look around you, so many people choose not to stand back up. Do you? I DO! I stand, dust myself off and continue, the weight of these chains slows my feet so my steps are steadier. Should I choose to keep walking, always choose to keep walking. I become stronger and closer to the balance that will keep me in the middle of my moments.

My purpose, is just that- my own. As only yours can guide you. You asked what I thought of you… my thoughts are little compared to the ripple you make daily as you walk this life. There is a saying ,”Live your life in a manner so that should someone speak ill of you, no-one would believe it.” Believe in yourself, your purpose and you will find a life worthy of living intentionally.

Jeremiah Gilbert
DOC #709551