For a Prisoner : Adapted from Benedictus (John O’Donohue)Though you have lost the outside world, May you discover the untold journey That awaits you in the inner world. May you come to recognize That though your body is imprisoned, No one can imprison your mind. May all the time you have on your hands Bring you into new friendship with your mind So that you learn to understand and integrate The darkness that brought you here. Within this limited space, May you learn to harness The stretch of time. May your compassion awaken May you learn to recover the self You were before you lost your way And draw from its depths Some balm to heal your wounds. Behind the rhythms of prison life May you find a friend you can talk to And nurture the natural kindness To become more free in your heart And lighten the outer constraints. May your eyes look up and find The bright line of an inner horizon That will ground and encourage you For that day when your new feet Will step out onto the pastures of freedom.