A Meditation on Incarceration

Inmate.

Prisoner.

Criminal.

It’s easy for our inner eye to produce images of their faces:

Hardened,

Cruel,

Dangerous.

But our inner eye is flawed

because we fail to see the vulnerabilities

of those we believe we are vulnerable to:

Ravaged,

Despairing,

Hopeless.

Victimizers – true –

but also victims –

victims of their own impulses,

their own ignorance,

their own fears.

They were once us

or might become us

if we allow it –

but locks don’t educate;

bars don’t heal

and corrections don’t correct.

Only seeing with clear eyes –

with eyes of compassion –

can do that.

Judas window

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