Tupac wrote this letter to a young woman during his incarceration at Clinton Correctional Facility, Dannemora, New York, July 12, 1995. The last page is a poem titled “Twist of Fate, Stroke of Luck,” written “Exclusively” for the recipient. Tupac expresses his affection at length for the young woman recipient.
He then writes, in part: “I’m spending my time working out, reading Shakespeare and writing a screenplay. I’m working on a book deal with Nikki Giovanni, an autobiography. It would be like therapy . . .”
The poem begins:
“By what twist of fate have I been placed in this hell-like prison cell? By what stroke of luck have I been blessed with a friend when others failed. I must have done wrong along the way to get there but even still, I must have been kindhearted too, for your compassion I can feel. What makes two people reach out and share? Why do I smile when I think of you? How do words and pictures from far away come through so strong I’m moved?
Who knows what the future holds for us. Let’s not ask for guarantees. You were destined to reach out for someone.
I’m just lucky that someone was me!”