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The heart represents how hateful, cold and callous I was. The prison buildings represent what it took for me to change. This mean changing the way I think, which starts the process of maturity.

The cloud and rain represent the chaos and craziness as well as the violence I was taught to believe that my old life was normal.

The sun is the light at the end of the tunnel.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Chippy Sanchez is a pen name for the writer who is incarcerated in California.