Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Visit

THE VISIT by Muslim Mansa Lutalo lyapo a/k/a Rufus West, #225213, 12-20-13

He had a law library pass at 2:30 p.m., so when his cell door was buzzed open at 2:10 p.m., he immediately thought something was wrong until the officer announced that he had a visit. The smile that appeared on his face was wide

but not as wide as the smile in his heart. This was an unexpected visit as he wasn't expecting her to come until the next day. He drops everything and rushes to the visiting room.

Upon arriving at the visiting room area, his shoes and socks are searched, whereafter he enters the visiting room and has a stimulating four-hour dialogue. It was a great visit! Her good-bye-hug was longer and tighter than her greeting hug. It felt so good that he didn't want to let her go.

After she left he was escorted back into the search room where he was strip searched. "Open your mouth. Lift your arms. Let me see both 'sides of your hands. Let me see behind your ears. Lift your sack. Turn around and let me see the bottoms of your feet. Now bend over and spread your cheeks. Okay, now get dressed." He could never get used to the humiliation of 'being strip searched. His thoughts overwhelm him to the point where he has forgotten all the visit he just had, albeit briefly. He quickly dresses and leaves the area barely aware of the staff's, "Have a good day" comment.

Once back in his cell, he washes up and says his prayer thanking God for allowing him to have a visit and prays for her to have a safe ride home. He meditates on his visit. The one thing that stands out the most is when she told him, "You don't belong in prison." Sure, other people may have made similar comments over the years. Yet, this time it was different. Not only did she say it verbally; she also said it with her eyes. His meditationis, occasionally interrupted by Brothers asking him, "How was your visit?" .

He tells them, "Great!" With that said, he picks up where he left off at prior to his visit, i.e. working on his criminal case as he tells himself, "You don't belong in prison."