A poem by inmate Al Ramos during Retreat from Afar

Imagine if you will
a world where everyone and everything
is in perfect harmony.

There are acorns upon this path
and in each one is the potential.

The shimmering reflection of grand oak trees.

Sanctuaries whose roots are grounded
and interwoven through three precious jewels.

You may ask yourself,

How is this possible?

Look down …
within your hands and in each step
you hold the groundwork and
the blueprints of a thousand-spoked wheel.

This idea may seem outlandish;
a bit ‘nutty.’

But please keep in mind
that we ourselves are each acorns
upon the path.

Everyone and everything
worthy and deserving
of compassion and loving kindness!