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Our world seems like a very dark place at times

Injustice prevails

Rights are trampled on

People are silenced

The fear of the other persists 

It saddens the heart to read the news

Greed, abuse of power and crime the topics we see

Sometimes sprinkled in there is a little good news

But mostly bad news is what we hear

How can we deal with this darkness?

How can we keep hope alive?

Individually, I think

All we can do is to contribute to the light

Do acts of kindness without being asked

Encourage those around us

Take part in positive projects and

Raise children who will do the same

We can’t eliminate darkness 

But we stay optimistic and work towards better times

December 6th, 2019

Blessed

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Blessed to be feeling well

Blessed to have time to write

 

Blessed with my family

Blessed to live in freedom

 

It’s these seemingly little things we take for granted

That affect us so much

 

They don’t scream at us

They whisper very softly 

 

It’s when we lose these things

That we notice how important they are

 

Anytime I want to complain

I ask myself what I’m thankful for

 

I remind myself of the little things

And listen very carefully

December 4th, 2019

Reflecting on life

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Sometimes I forget I’m fifty five

After all what is age but a number 

I think what matters is how we feel

What our attitude is

How open to learning we are

How much joy and contentment we feel

What we are doing with our lives

If we’re sharing our gifts with others

 

Youth does not need to die

It can be transformed 

Matured

 

Our minds are as sharp as they ever were

Our curiosity the same

Our need for adventure still alive

Our ability for being of serving others

Perhaps more

So, why do we worry about getting older?

December 3rd, 2019

Tears

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Sorrow

Feelings of guilt

For breaking someone’s heart

Tears

Flowing from her eyes

Down her cheeks…

 

When she thinks 

She has no more tears to cry

When she thinks 

She’s felt enough pain

When the future looks gray and cloudy

And the sunny days are long gone

 

What can she do except hang in there

What can she do except take it one day at a time?

The pain feels unbearable sometimes 

But she has no choice but to go on

 

November 20th, 2019

Injustice

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What is the color of injustice?

It’s midnight black

And like the darkness of the moon less night

It wraps itself around you and starts squeezing

Injustice like a black cloth blindfolds you 

And wrapped around your mouth, silences you

Injustice like a rope

Ties your hands behind your back and restricts you

Injustice is the thief that steals the light 

Temporarily 

But the darkness of injustice 

Will give way to dawn

That day will come 

 

November 2019

Answers

 

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There are so many questions I ask myself

Why?

Why now?

Why again?

Didn’t I learn?

Why didn’t I see before what I see now?

Are there any good answers to these questions?

The answers are blowing in the wind

As the song says

The answers are illusive

 

My head becomes a jumble of thoughts

And it’s hard to make sense of it all

I can’t stop asking these questions though

I need clarity

 

Sometimes I need to accept the pain even though 

I don’t have good answers to my questions 

Sometimes all I can do is take it one day at a time

Or one hour at a time 

Sometimes all I can do is t lean 

On my friends and family for a while

 

I may never find the answers 

But I will surly survive this painful experience 

 

November 22nd, 2019

Silenced

img_5386When you stop people from talking

When you close the schools down

When people can’t go to work

And the nation comes to a stop

There is something that’s not right

Something that can’t be explained away

In this age of communication 

There is something wrong if you don’t let 

people communicate

The seeming peace is a mirage

The embers are burning under the logs

Fire can still erupt from those embers

If the conditions are right 

It’s not silence when you cover someone’s mouth

It’s not freedom if you don’t let people talk

 

November 17th, 2019

Thinking of the people of Iran