We long to be free. This Soulful Art Card represents that whether we are incarcerated in a prison or simply struggling to find personal freedom in a world of boundaries, we are guided, blessed, and never abandoned.
A Poem by Gilbert Vasquez, inmate and pen-pal
The Man in Front of Me
I stare at the man in front of me.
He parts his lips and asks, Why have you become my enemy?
That was never my intention, I respond.
But you’ve hurt me, your daughter, your brothers, sisters, and your mom.
I stare at the man in front of me with nothing to say.
He parts his lips again, Do you expect it to all just go away?
I cast my eyes away from the man, wanting to hide.
Look me in the eyes, or are you that full of pride?
I finally turn and begin to walk away.
I love you, I hear him say.
I slowly turn to find tears rolling down the man’s face.
I love you, but you can’t seem to find your place.
I look at he man in the mirror and say,
I’m lost but will find my place one day.
Card by KartiArt
Inspired by Circle of Love Inside