Tuesday, October 25, 2011


The child, bare foot on the dry plain
And what she does not have

The paradox of silence
And the closed face of pain

The wolf that gnaws off its foot
And the folly of staying in one place

The blur of the hummingbird’s wings
And the owl's unanswered question

The quiet will of the redwood
And the deep well of the body’s softness

Not the lesson, but the teacher
Meditation and the peace it brings

The man on the window ledge
And the testimony he leaves

The faces behind the barbed wire
And the eyes of the refugee and the demented

The unoriginality of sin
And the hacked-off bodies in the "Name of God"

The patience of vultures
And the gluttony of robber barons

The black man who cannot breathe
And systemic racism in America

The "bombs bursting in air"
And starvation in the world

"Liberty and justice for all"
And the miracle of tomorrow without promise

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