I pray for the day when ‘us’ and ‘them’ becomes ‘we’.
I pray for the day when ‘us’ and ‘them’ becomes ‘we’.
A spider dances
On a silken web
Death to the unawares.
Across the threads
Lunch is being served.
A pirouette, a one step turn
An inside kick and pause
Dancing on gossamer strings.
Our innocence is lost in the sound of terror. A bullet of hate shatters our peace.
The very young don’t know how to hate, be racist or be mean. Adults teach it to them.
What does an elephant think about
As he stands inside a zoo
What passes through his mind
As he’s looking back at you?
What does a pigeon think about
As he soars above the crowds
Perhaps it just a simple thing
As he plays amongst the clouds.
A single ant is scurrying
His job it must be done
The others they depend on him
The many and the one.
A crow is thinking, I can tell
He cocks his head at me
Is he looking at my lunch
Does he think it’s free?
Behind, beside and over there
Are those we do not know
But they have thoughts and feelings
Just like that silly crow
What does a person think about
And he looks upon another
Race and colour notwithstanding
Could he be my brother?
This crazy world that we call ours
We’re only tenants here
Mind your manners, p’s and q’s
Or next the end is near!
If we stand together in the light of day the bullies will scurry away like the cockroaches they are.
Some people hang on to their hatred as if it were a life ring.
Don’t hate me because I am different than you. I don’t hate you because you are different than me.
Greed and Hate took a walk one dawn
To see what they could see
Imagine their surprise that day
When they ran into me!
“Go away!” I said to them,
“Your presence here is wrong!”
They smiled that smile that said it all
That said: “we do belong”.
I held my ground and cried for help.
I called the best I could.
There was an answer to my plea.
And those that came were Good.
Compassion showed and Love as well,
But Tolerance led the charge.
Hope took part and Kindness too,
And Confidence was large.
It took us all together,
To banish those with Greed.
This battle fought is never done,
When Evil’s what you feed.
There was an epic battle last night between the forces of Good and Evil.
Greed and Hatred led a coalition that appears to have decimated the followers of Tolerance and Compassion. Good Manners was seen to fall in the first volley. He was followed closely by his wife Good Taste. It is unclear whether or not their children Good Sense and Good Will were on the scene.
Despair was glimpsed on the battlefield but it is unclear where he eventually went.
It is difficult to know what went wrong and when. The how is less difficult to surmise. It takes the smallest step on a slippery slope to start a downward spiral. The first time someone is mistreated because they are different and it is not corrected, then we all become complicit. All of us.
Too many people hide from the truth believing it does not affect them. Others believe the lies fomented by the side of Evil. Still there are others who work tirelessly and without fanfare to right the wrongs brewing in our society. We need to bolster the side of Good, each and every one of us. A simple smile at a stranger can begin the process of inclusion. And when that smile is returned and then passed on, it can grow. One step in the right direction can get the ball rolling, gaining momentum. An individual can make a difference. Many individuals together can change the tide.
It is believed that Hope escaped the carnage and is in possession of the seedlings of Love and Compassion. If she truly did manage to save the young then perhaps our future is not so bleak.
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)
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