Thursday, June 4, 2020

Life on the edge

In times like these, balance is critical: 
We need to be conscious, eyes downcast, 
Admitting that we’ve not yet reached our goal;
Aware that we are perilously close to the edge.
But we also need to keep moving forward,
Stay focused on where we hope to go,
What we hope to achieve,
And who we are determined to become.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Listen, and love

Violence is never the answer; listening is:
Receptivity, and acceptance.
Attuning our ears to the stories that lie beneath
The heartache, anger, and pain.
Power over is never the answer; humility is.
Empathy is. Community is.
Whatever our differences,
We need to learn to respect
Our common humanity:
Standing together and lifting our faces,
Drinking in, sharing, and offering out
The love that ignites and embraces us all.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

What can we do?

What can we do with the rage we feel,
The fear, the shock, and the frustration,
The helplessness and horror?
What’s the next step when painting and writing
And crying to our friends is not enough?
Where do we turn when all the doors
Are locked and all the streets are blocked?
How will we find our way back to
The values that once defined us —
Peace, justice, and equality for all;
Respect for the dignity of each —
How did we get here?
How did we lose our way?

Monday, June 1, 2020

The role of beauty

Why pursue art and beauty,
When all around us cities burn,
Injustice reigns, and death tallies are rising?
Perhaps because so many souls are wounded
And desperate for reminders
That there’s still hope and light
Blooming somewhere in the world...
Death comes to the garden, too,
But still the flowers lift their faces to the sun.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

When chaos reigns

Watching from a distance
As flames consume what once was loved
And is now lost,
We ache for all who suffer, all who burn,
And for those who throw more fuel
Onto the fire...

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Looking toward the ruture

From the shelter of our present,
We contemplate the risks inherent in our future:
When will we step out,
And how will we carry what we’ve learned
Into the adventures that await us
When we leave behind the safety of the shore?

Friday, May 29, 2020

We can’t presume

So many roads we drive right by,
And never choose to follow.
But unless we make the time 
To walk the path that someone else must take,
It’s presumptuous to assume
We can predict where it will lead,
Or what they may have encountered along the way.