Cody Wille: `Very grim situation’ |

Cody Wille: `Very grim situation’

Cody Wille, convicted of participating in a crime spree in the Aspen and Snowmass area in 1999, is currently serving a three-year sentence in the Youthful Offenders Services facility in Pueblo.

He has agreed to periodically send letters to the community, which will all be published in The Aspen Times. For people interested in writing him, his address is: YOS; Cody Wille, #104-108; 1401 West 17th St., Pueblo, CO 81003.

It has been a while since the last time I wrote. I have just been finding it really hard to find things to say. This is a very grim situation which I have gotten myself into.

I can feel myself changing and I can’t do anything about it. Every day I find myself slipping farther and farther into a hole. I think about home and not being able to graduate with my class in June. I hope the other kids are realizing that they must not take anything for granted.

I thought of prom and graduation as being a right, but it’s not. And now I feel the full pain of not being there with my fellow classmates for the happiest day of their lives. I have been working in here to get my diploma by June and I am still on track to get it. Other than that though, I do the same things that I have done for the last two months.

This will be one of the last letters that I write. I will try and write a couple more, but the staff here doesn’t like me talking about this facility. Below is a poem that I wrote. This is what prison is like to the heart.

Thank you for reading my letters and congratulations to the Class of 2000.

I lie awake all day and all night just to wake up to the next day’s fight My soul has been broken and my heart cries out

The light that was burning so strong is starting to fade out From within these walls there is no sympathy or compassion A fake smile is all I can fashion

What will happen when the mail stops coming? And the world forgets about me? Every day I tell myself things will be OK Then I realize life has no guarantee There is no laughter, friendship, or tears no logical thinking, just reaction from fears.

Life goes on beyond these walls a life I cannot see for I am in a fish bowl which the world can come and see

I wish I could take back what I’ve done and start back at day one but there is no use looking back in time I hope for anything but the worst

I usually can bounce back but this time I hope it’s feet first.

Cody Wille

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