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It’s unfortunate the lives that have been lost. I have prayed for them all, even though I don’t have their names. Because we share this intrinsic value. Some might even say we inherit it. However, I’m of the thought that it’s given and free, given by God to us. 

I play the dirge and weep or cry at sad events. I smile at life and enjoy all its sensations. Like all people, I too desire love and to love. I’m a romantic. Maybe even hopeful. But people are evidence of hope, that there is light shining into the Darkness of Despair. 

Perhaps COVID-19 will usher in an Army of Hopefuls and Light Bearers to carry the torch into a new world and kingdom. Be the hands, feet, and face of love. Desire and aspire to be more. 

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.

Edison Ariel Ortiz is a U.S. Army veteran, artist, poet, singer and songwriter from Bridgeport, Connecticut. He incarcerated in Georgia.