They say you wouldn’t like me because the
Color of my skin.
They had you grow up thinking that my pigment
Was a sin.
Instead of showing truths; that we come from
Rulers and Kings.
They made you hate my outsides, instead of
Loving what’s within.
By Alphonso Clarke who is currently incarcerated.
Recently I have started writing to pen pals who are incarcerated in different countries. My objective is to offer friendship and warmth during what can be a very lonely, dark and difficult time. I do make any judgements and just try and connect with them.
What made me decide to write? Well, some of my own family members have also been in prison. Having this experience, of knowing their own struggles with isolation and the daily hurdles, I wanted to try and help others.
A letter a week can make all the difference. Being a connection to the outside world, offering kind words to make long and lonely periods more tolerable or just being understanding can create positive energy and outcomes.
I would like a world where everyone is more kind and caring.
How can I change make the world be more kind and caring……..Be humble. Be a beacon of light. Be loving and giving without prejudice or judgement.