A Moment in Time
By Kelly Watts, Prisonersolidarity.org
March 1, 2006
one day in anyone's life is uneventful. No day is without profound
meaning, no matter how dull and boring it may seem. In every day
of your life there are opportunities to perform a little kindness
for others, both as conscious acts of will and as unconscious acts
took years for me, as a prisoner, to look beyond my present circumstances
and once again embrace life and look kindly upon others. I make
a mental note to never pass a man without a smile or a word of encouragement.
learned that each small act of kindness, even when just words of
hope when they are needed, may give promise for that day. The remembrance
of a birthday or a compliment that engenders a smile reverberates
across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown
and in the most
unlikely places. In this generous spirit one can find the echoing
source of good, because kindness is passed on and grows each time
it passes, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage
years later and far away.
being incarcerated with those brothers spiritually inclined in their
faith, I've learned that all human lives are so profoundly and intricately
entertwined. I find myself akin to those I've met who are now faced
with execution or life without parole. Because the fate of all is
the fate of
each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every
pair of hands.
also believe that the triumphs and defeats in our life are the bridges
we must travel for a fuller and better life. As in the words of
Rev. Dr. King, may G-d bless him, "To know the way of a man
is not to know where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience.
But to know a man is to know where he stands in times of trial and
I contend that after every failure we are obliged to strive again
for success, and when faced with the end of one thing we must build
something new and better in the ashes, just as from pain and grief
we must weave the intricate web of hope for each of us--for each
of us is a thread critical to the strength of the human tapestry.
Watts, # 35401
Azim Hassan Jahaar
11593 State Hwy. 0
Potosi Correctional Center
Mineral Point, MO 63660
Watts is a native of Kansas City, Mo. He writes: "I write to
define how I want to live life. Prayerfully, we could share our
experiences through an interchange of communication. I look for
a deeper smile inside another's thoughts. It gets really lonely
in here, especially when you lay down with your own thoughts. I
reach out from my own confinement through reading and imagining
myself as the many characters in books. I walk in the prison yard
alone, mostly because I want to talk with God and get close to nature.
I am presently writing a book entitled, The Beast Within,
which regards the things I've personally experienced and seen over
years of incarceration.
You may contact Kelly Watts directly by writing to him at the address
listed above. The following link offers tips for writing to prisoners: