Imprisoned Compassion – A poem by Richard Wembe Johnson

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Richard Johnson is a columnist for The Post from Folsom State Prison.
Richard Johnson is a columnist for The Post from Folsom State Prison.

A poem by Richard Wembe Johnson from Folsom State Prison

 

One would think in a prison cell one couldn’t find compassion;

<p>From all likelihood, it would seem unlikely in any fashion.

This, however, depends greatly on one’s view on life;

You can’t expect to have warm feelings, while your heart is filled with strife.

There are those who think that real feelings come from outward sources;

This unfortunately is the attitude of a lazy mind that underestimates nature’s forces.

Regardless of what the situation may dictate for anyone with fortified concern;

The practice of caring is drawn from within; this is the main term.

Even though I’m confined to a place that manifests hatred, violence, and anger;

The worst of my fears is to lose sight of my purpose and place my humanism in danger.

To succumb would be to surrender my heart, my life!

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