Below is a poem by Eugene Vent. We included a picture of both handwritten pages and typed it for easier reading as well. Imagine the incredible grief and pain that would come from being wrongfully accused and incarcerated. All of the things you cannot do – hug someone, stand out in the snow and see the lights, eat a meal, run into a friend, hold a hand, see you home, your family, stand on the banks of the river. For Eugene that river would be the Koyukon. A few days ago I found myself heartsick for that sight – I haven’t seen it in a few years, and then it dawned on me that Eugene has not seen the places he yearns for in over 14 years. Freedom is everything….freedom is the foundation on which nearly all things in life are built upon. All things except, perhaps, faith. These four young men have seen nothing but injustice, have been the victims of the worst in people. Yet, there they sit, with absolute faith. Faith in destiny, in love, faith in the goodness of people, faith in their friends, family, supporters, faith in prayer, FAITH IN JUSTICE. So much of their strength comes from all of you. We were blessed with two successful fundraisers this week, and are blessed with incredible generosity from so many people. To hear their story would cause anyone to lose faith, but to see the legions of people band together and fight for them restores it. Thank every one of you who reads, donates, hopes, and prays for these men. It keeps their hopes high, their faith strong, and someday soon we hope it WILL bring them home where they belong.
“DIDN’T DO IT”
by Eugene Vent
“Didn’t do it,” that’s what I told the detective, but still he chose to put me through it.
“Didn’t do it,” told my mother and she believed me – continued to have my back like countless others.
“Didn’t do it,” I told my first lawyers. “Take a deal,” they’d plead, instead of fighting like warriors.
“Didn’t do it,” what I told the judge, NOT GUILTY what I pled…..and on that I’ll never budge.
“Didn’t do it,” I told my trial attorney and he told me it could end up being a very long journey.
“Didn’t do it,” I told the D.A., and also the jury…..when found guilty I felt so much fury.
“Didn’t do it,” I told the judge that was going to sentence me…ultimately got 48 years in the penitentiary.
“Didn’t do it,” what I told some antisocial human beings, they didn’t care because they’re heartless machines.
“Didn’t do it,” I told the Parole Board that continued me to 2014; just another chapter in the saga that I know will end in the freeing of the Fairbanks Four!
“Didn’t do it,” what I tell anybody who will listen and do something with it.
“Didn’t do it,” that is our story and we will forever continue sticking to it because the Truth always comes out in the wash.
Thank you so much for reading this, I always loved poetry and being able to create my own style in writing it. Thank you to everyone for cooperating in this battle and never quitting, even in the hardest times.
I believe in the efforts of all of you, I feel extremely confident it will pay off soon and we can finally get what we truly deserve……Freedom.