Beyond These Walls
Heard/Arlington County Detention Center/OAR writing contest, August 2020
Beyond these walls lies love that envigerates the soul and peace that surpasses all understanding.
Second chances to the once broken and incarcerated men an opportunity at redemption,
another chance to choose right from wrong in the midst of temptation
desperately urning for instant gratification.
Beyond these walls millions of people are held captive,
metaphorically they are prisoners like us but yet free without these walls.
Though we are trapped physically they are prisoners
psychologically, emotionally and spiritually to
circumstances, society’s standards, family expectations, relationships that clearly states red flags DNR, do not resistate, greed, narsacism, materialistic objects.
The need to out do others, living above their means to keep up the Joneses,
spending money that they haven’t yet earned,
perpetually cycling this vicious cycle of accumulating debt.
Addition to social media likes masking pain entertwined with pleasure and reciprocity,
fear to take risks, working jobs that they are overworked under appreciated and underpaid.
Systematically we are programed to spend one third of our lives working for different companies investing in acquiring capital gain for the companies,
thus we are restricted or time to work on creating our own businesses or companies to gain fanancial freedom.
Give them just enough to survive, but not enough to prosper,
so they’d live paycheck to paycheck and acrude debt.
So theoretically were all doing time
weather it be psycially, pschologically, emotionally or spiritually.
Beyond these walls comparison is the thief of joy and the cousin to misery.
Beyond these walls achieving anything you want is 99% intentional and 1% mythology.
The greatest moment of achieving success most would think it is the actual moment of attaining success
but in all actuality the greatest moment is when we decide.
Every Fortune 500 company or wealthy individual all began with an idea which ultimately transmutated to financial independence.
Beyond these walls if you don’t plan appropriately your asking for a disaster.
Be willing to allow changes to occur that are not what you invisioned your exact finish to look like.
Beyond these walls you don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to get it started.
Beyond these walls choose the habits of successful people if you want to be successful and choose the habits of happy people if you want to be happy.
The only things that satisfies the soul are gratitude and love.
Beyond these walls your destiny awaits you, the impossible is obselite,
their are 24 hours in a day which equals 86,400 seconds,
a week equates 168 hours the eqivilant of 604,800 seconds,
one month equals 2,419,200 seconds and
31,536,000 seconds in a year
but it all starts from within these walls.
Make every second count and what we do with it within these walls
will determine what and whom we become beyond these walls
Drawing by Herman McDonald, inspired by VE’s poem “Beyond These Walls”