You were a beautiful lie that I dreamt of every night… Your spectre was my obsession You grew in my contemplation You assassinated my conscience again and again… You ran into my soul and made me feel everlasting You mingled in my blood , made it holy the impalpable kiss the hasty heartbeats the timeless warmth Perhaps you were just my heinous utopia You existed in my thoughts n’ died in my imagination…
Officer: Well! sorry WALTER, we see no change in you.
Walter: What change are you talking about? “Being not a criminal, I still apologized and became a liar. Being not a frail person, you gave me this tasteless food, I became a flesh without fire. Being not furious, you beat me so much , I became full of hatred & a man without desire.” And you bastards say you see no change????
This was Walter Stunt. Or more briefly, No. 707. Age-51. Behind the bars for 30 years for the crime he didn’t commit. “I didn’t kill my sister. Please someone tell her I love her very much……please…someone……” he would repeat again & again in his outbursts, to his only companions The Walls Of The Prison.
Gradually, as years passed, he got used to the silence & darkness of his surroundings. Deprived of music, art, love, nature and dance , his soul become almost dead though he being alive.He turned into a absolutely emotionless person who would neither laugh at the funniest joke nor weep at his darkest hour. Where people like us suffer from depression & sadness, he himself became the one.
Sitting on the floor for long hours , he would wonder, “Is there anything worst than a wasted time?Anything more painful than remaining idle for years ?”For a person who has suffered the state of being idle only knows how mortifying it is to spend each day without having any work to do , and every night without having any purpose for tomorrow.
“”If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” , The Bible said. And getting out of the prison?, he would enquire. For the one who has become feeling & emotionless, the divine lines of Bible are mere words that have no sense…
“HOPE is a mysterious thing . For some, it is a source of encouragement, an expectation of a better future. While for some others, it is a beautiful lie that compels them to not believe in reality , that compels them to expect what is not going to happen.Sometimes, hope can drive a man insane.”
After spending almost 40 years of his life in prison, he finally heard the statement “You Are Rescued”…Was he happy? Perhaps not at all.
“These walls are funny. First you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, you get so depend on them. That’s institutionalized.” -The Shawshank Redemption
The sunshine hit him harder than the baton. Bright colors made him depressed. Scenario of a mother loving her 2 year old kid shocked him. The world appeared new & strange. He felt uncomfortable in his newly acquired lively environment. He felt himself unwanted.
The 100 dollars in his pocket felt heavy(given by govt. due to old age).Things outside were more than the inside. He felt emptiness & nothingness residing in him. Somehow, a week passed. ‘I can’t do anymore’, with a shaky voice he said. “It’s better to die, when living a life becomes a mere formality”, he cried……Hence, the world finally became empty of the emptiness.
(What are prisons? These are the great transformers of people from bad to the worst. Punishment should be given to improve the person. But what happens in the reality, remains neglected by the law. Being treated like animals , people start behaving like them.How many more innocents will be declared criminals by law? How many more criminals are in the line of becoming devils?)