by Henry W. Molina Jr. – Wynne Unit
Dedicated to all of us fighting for freedom
Isolated, but not forgotten is my situation,
In a struggle for freedom but faced with so many limitations.
Been fighting against becoming institutionalized for over 20 years,
Tried defiance, tried bucking the system, but I switched gears.
You see, more mature I became, in spite of so much pain and loss,
Growing up in an environment where having integrity came at a high cost.
Still in high school when I was snatched into the system,
Homecoming, first job, barely learning to drive.. so, am I too, a victim?
Not claiming to have been perfect or without fault or any blame,
But I really didn’t comprehend how my actions could have an everlasting stain.
I came in a child with no hope, no purpose, and no direction,
To having a GED, vocational training, and college education.
I found God, or rather, He found me, is a more accurate description.
All these amazing people advocating for “Second Look” makes hope more than fiction.
Answer me this, and I’ll end these words searching for empathy,
Are YOU the same person now, that you were at 17?
Can 60 years at 17 be labeled “closing the book”?
See…who I am now, the man I’ve become - deserves a “Second Look”!!!