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When after tipping points, the dust settled
We find the same things that tore us apart
Will be the same that keep us all mettled
And temper the journey that all embark

We move past our collective consciousness
Through acts that unite our humanity
Protection for our truths, and perspectives
Give way to engagements of empathy

As history rendezvous with these points
Watering flowers that grow without rain
Drowning the differences that would exploit
For self love never bloomed without some pain

Sometimes tipping points are just what we need
To organize us in life’s symmetry

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.

R.J. Murphy is the editor-in-chief of "The Solano Chronicle" at California State Prison Solano. He is involved in his community as a playwright addressing PTSD in veterans, breaking down racial divides and supporting those who lose loved ones.