Dreams Come True
David W. Pollard
I say to you today, my friends, so even though I face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day I will be allowed to rise up and live an honorable and productive life worthy of all.
I have a dream that one day I will leave prison and still be considered an equal in my living and working environments.
I have a dream that one day, when I am free, my convict label can be forgotten and that I, too, can keep from labeling or stereotyping others.
I have a dream that one day, outside these prison walls, amidst the societal rat race and the clamor of greed and envy, men and women who have left prison may have the same opportunities as their peers and that they not be judged harshly for their past. I have a dream today!
I have a dream that happiness and love and trust still exist and that the first step begins with me and doing unto others as I would have done unto me.
This is my hope. This is the faith that I will leave prison with.
With this faith I will turn problems into possibilities. With this faith I will consider others as brothers and sisters and treat them with the respect I wish to be treated with.
With this faith I will be able to work productively, live harmoniously, share with others, and give of myself without thought of return. This will be the day that the American dream becomes a reality. For me there is no longer any choice but for this dream to become true.
So let us be free from the worries that plague us all.
Let us be free from the hatred that tears us apart.
Let us be free from pointing fingers.
Let us be free from being like everyone else.
Let us be free from putting others down.
But not only that.
Let us be free to speak what is on our hearts and minds without fear of rejection.
Let us be free to make mistakes and learn a better way without being abandoned.
Let us be free to be human and to share our humanness -- our virtues as well as our vices -- and to grow together in loving kindness.
We must allow these freedoms to ring in our homes and jobsites, in our schools and streets, in private and in public, if our dreams are ever to come true. I have a dream today, and it is more than an American dream, it is a global dream, and it must be kept alive, for as Langston Hughes wrote: "When dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow."
Copyright 1995 Kaleidoscope. Write Place. Volume 6.