<span class="vcard">Toby Dorr</span>
Toby Dorr


For years and years
I built a wall
and stuffed the space
behind it full
of wounds and hurts
and needs

all those unspoken needs
Some very small
some not so much
most not even voiced
the space filled and
filled and filled
Until one day the pressure
was too great
a small crack and
finally broken
open wide

I can't hide behind it
anymore - no matter
how hard I try

it's scary
not having a wall

It's raw and emotional

I can't pretend
to hide

I fall apart
in an instant
at insignificant things
or sometimes

nothing at all

Healing is so
much harder
than hiding
ever was

Some days I long
for the safety
of my wall...
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Defy Ventures helps inmates make the shift from prison to small business owners

  • Defy Ventures turns inmates into ‘Entrepreneurs in Training,’ giving them short courses that help them develop business skills and pairing them up with mentors
  • The program’s exercises “create empathy,” and help bridge the gap between those doing time and those in the business world, says founder Catherine Hoke
  • Notable successes include a former New York drug lord who’s now a fitness studio owner.
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