Today is Tuesday. Today, I received a letter from a person I have been thinking about for the last few weeks. His name is Kevin. He found my address written in a book that was given to him by my son and contacted me earlier this year. He was being moved to another prison shortly after contacting me. I managed to get a letter to him uncertain that it would reach him in time.
It’s been at least 6 or 7 months since his last letter. I was surprised and happy to hear from Kevin again. He had been moved; in fact, he was moved 3 times.
You may remember an earlier blog post about him. Kevin is gay and he was set up by a homophobic student and his family. Kevin went to prison for receiving a picture of this high school student having sex with his girlfriend. How duplicitous.
In prison, in most southern prisons, a gay person labeled as a sex offender is a target for violence.
Kevin told me that his journey has been grueling. He has been thrown in solitary confinement on arrival of each prison for his safety. Yup, you get punished for being a target.
He quoted some of my words in the last letter I had sent him. He told me that my words of encouragement kept him going. He found them to be true and he knew that I cared about him.
Words to live by. If you know me at all, you can probably guess what I might have said to him.
Words should build; words should encourage; words should be real.
To my dear friend, Kevin: you are in my prayers and in my heart.
I long for justice tempered with mercy and compassion. I long for decent people who live by ethics..we are so far gone from that in our farcical system of so called justice.