ONE WORD CAN DIVIDE A WORLD

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    Freedom is a word with various meanings all based on circumstance. For the free man, its a walk in the park that he soon forgets, I safe bed and good food. When something is so available to a man appreciation depreciates. But, for the...

 

 

Freedom is a word with various meanings all based on circumstance. For the free man, its a walk in the park that he soon forgets, I safe bed and good food. When something is so available to a man appreciation depreciates. But, for the man who been sentenced to a life behind bars, freedom means something completely different. It means a fight, it reminds him of all he has lost and may never regain. It is more powerful to the imprisoned man than to the free. Sitting in his cell he searches for precious memories to pass the time that seems to stand still the more you are aware of your physical state. He remembers his children and how they used to smile when he came back from work, how they would call out “daddy” while running towards him. He remembers how they would run into his arms and hug him with such an honest, beautiful innocence; it was love, admiration and came without condition. The memory is not like a movie, it fades as does his smile. Tears begin to sting his eyes but he cant allow himself to cry because if he lets go it will mean hours of misery aware of each and every brick that stands between him and what he remembers to be freedom. Often times one feels a surge of hope or strength after the tears dry, he grips the bars of his cell- a space smaller than the free mans cupboard. He lowers his head, resting it between two cold steel bars, and suddenly the memory of a word flashes through his mind and his head picks itself back up with speed. “Guilty” he hears, then he remembers the faces of each member of the jury called to assess his trial and he dwells upon the idea that 12 people were given a choice. They were given a choice that makes my soul scream and the most dark and unspeakable parts of my psyche conjure up scenarios whereby I am the one who can deliver a verdict that leads to a sentence that robbed a man of all his worth. He is strong but every day is a struggle to stay sane as he paces back and forth in his cell. He is confined, trapped, debased like an animal and all because 12 worthless, impressionable people who were most likely paid off, claimed that beyond reasonable doubt he IS GUILTY. He thinks about the people beyond the wall and every time he thinks f them, one question comes to mins, “Do they believe that I am Innocent?” 

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