The following art has been dedicated to The Freedom to Choose Project (FTC) by our talented participants at Valley State Prison.
Deliberately I turned my face aside
But he, elephant-like, remained in the room
Even my secret spaces occupied
And with nary a sign of departing soon
Doing as beasts are bound,
He fulfilled his simple, elephantine role-
Lumbering and bumped around-
Upsetting all the furniture of my soul.
Embarrassed by this domestic horror
And scared he’d frighten them
I folded myself into a corner
Inviting no guests in
Then I found myself one day
In a gym amid some curious spectacle
Wondering if I should stay
I sat down and I waited, scared and skeptical
Purple people spoke of Freedom to Choose
And besieged me with love, acceptance and space
Figuring I had little else to lose
I opened creaking doors to this strange new grace
Love that I realised reflected my own
Filled and healed dark places with light
I watered with tears these seeds that were sewn
And through them gained new, loving sight
When I looked at myself
Through the lens of such love
That elephant of mine
Became a little dove
FTC large workshop participant since 2013 & Mentor Support Group program1 graduate
1 FTC has a Mentor Support Group (ILTAG) Program which is held every Sunday at Valley State Prison. To volunteer at this event, please visit our News/Events Page for dates and information on how to sign up.
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