Introduction With Thanks To The Writing


Making Peas

When I think of
Giving all this up
I think of being broke
And living with no hope
I’ve been doing this
Since the age of 14.

Shot, shot by the clock
How can I stop
Always making peas
This is who I am
That boy who sells
Grams for 40 pound.

I’ve got whatever you want
As long as you got the cash
You see shottin is a habit
It got me put inside
But how can I stop
When shottin is my life.


Meadows heard some of the other poems in the collection during the prison writing class, and felt they weren’t reflecting the nitty gritty of prison life, so he put this poem forward. ‘Making Peas’ is making money, and ‘shot’ means sell.