Happiness is…

… overcoming fear to say what must be said.

…experiencing forgiveness, unexpectedly, like ocean spray falling on sun-blistered skin.

I write this as I listen to testimonies about the use of isolation in the U.S. criminal justice system, what some have begun to call “no touch torture.”  Across the country, prisoners are organizing nonviolently (primarily through hunger strikes) against the total sensory deprivation  they have been forced to endure for years and sometimes decades at a time.                                                (See: http://afsc.org/video/stopmax-video)

Happiness is…

…reaching out and meeting love’s embrace.


About HomenDunRoamin

Teaching Artist & Writer: fiction, poetry & nonfiction. Recently completed work: a hybrid memoir. In progress: a novel set in an unnamed Latin American country on the brink of war. The book examines violent and nonviolent resistance and the choices women are forced to make to survive.
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