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     Art & Poetry From San Quentin's Death Row
  Raymond is a Native American from the White Mountain Apache tribe, who is on San Quentin's death row.  He is 40 years old and has been on death row there for 18 years now, with little or no outside contact at all.  He writes poetry and is an accomplished artist.  He welcomes your letters. He has asked us to put up his poetry for all to see, and he would love to hear from the outside world...death row is a very lonely and isolated existence.  Raymond has no contact with his family.  If you wish to write to him, you can directly to the address at the bottom of the page, or use the email address the Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty   has set up for him, and we will forward it to him by snail mail.  (Inmates have no access to computers or the internet.)
See bottom of page for address and email.

                                       "TOGETHERNESS"  by Raymond  A. Gurule
    See Some of Raymond's Artwork

 Poems from Death Row

  Somewhere in my heart beyond all my pride,
  Holds a secret desire so intense deep inside
Imprisoned with all my passion & love,
 Unknown to anyone but the Lord up above.
 A desire for someone to cherish & hold,
 The need for a love to call my own.
Someone who keeps me shining through day & night,
Someone to kiss & make up with after a fight.
Someone who appreciates &  respects all I can be,
Someone who's strong enough to commit & love only me.
Someone who will be there to kiss away my tears,
Secure my doubts & release me from my fears.
Someone who I can depend on to be my best friend,
Someone who can restore my faith in love once again.
This love is like a dream that has yet to become true,
or, so I believe-until I met you...
                               by Raymond Gurule
                         NO PLACE TO  HIDE
Where do you hide when you disappear   ?
 Where do you run when you shed a tear   ?
  In who or what do you depend   ?
How much longer are you going to pretend  ?
I admire how you are,   so brave and strong,
But,   I think that being closed up is wrong.
You don't try to believe,  You don't try to doubt,
Because you've never known what love is all about.
You try to have courage,  faith,  and goodwill,
But,  Inside I think you are vulnerable still.
Keep it up,  stay strong and do your best,
Yet sometimes come over and cry like the rest . . .
                                 by Raymond Gurule



Love is the strongest and most fulfilling emotion possible,
It lets you share your goals, your desires, your experiences,
It lets you share your life with someone,
It lets you be yourself with someone who will always support you,
It lets you speak your innermost feelings to someone who understands you,
It lets you feel tenderness and warmtn-a wholeness that avoids loneliness,
Love lets you feel complete.

                                       By Raymond Gurule


                     I DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOU

When you are away from me I worry sometimes that something will happen to you-something that might take you away from me,
I know I should only have good thoughts,
but I guess I'm just a little insecure.
I can't help but worry because
you're the best thing that ever happened in my life.
You mean everything to me...
and I don't want to lose you.

                       By Raymond Gurule


                     CONTACT RAYMOND
    If you would like to contact Raymond directly he can be written at:

                                      Raymond A. Gurule
                     P.O. Box   D - 48677
        San Quentin State Prison    #2 - E - 13
                 San Quentin, California
                          94974   USA

    See Some of Raymond's Artwork

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This page was last updated July 22, 2001       Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty          This page is maintained and updated by Dave Parkinson and Tracy Lamourie