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Dichotomies

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People are dying in Ukraine 

And we worry about our retirement fund balance decreasing

Buildings and cities are being destroyed

And we plan our summer vacations

Refugees arrive from a ravaged land

And we buy our spring wardrobe

There is no electricity or water in some homes

And we complain about our cold springs

The pain of one should be the pain of all

We should not get numb to the images on our TV’s

There is a lot of misery in our world

The least we can do is be the cause of peace of harmony 

April 18th, 2022

Ashen faces

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Death and destruction

Ashen faces

Bombed out buildings

Fear and consternation

Tanks and ammunition

Civilians and soldiers

Fighting, resisting

Dying and getting injured

And why?

To conquer a free country

To show one’s power

To extend one’s territory

The world has arisen against this atrocity

Countries have imposed sanctions

Are sending armaments

Condemn the violence

Watch in horror 

As their fellow men suffer and die

The near future is dark

The sky is darkened by billowing smoke

The land is scorched

People are victims of aggression

But the world is united 

Countries are doing what they can

To end this war

To let people live freely in their own country

To punish the aggressor

The distant future is bright

Those who want to start a war

Will know the world will be united against them

Wars won’t start so easily 

We will be one step closer to peace

But in the meantime

Death and destruction

Ashen faces

Bombed out buildings

What we see 

And people suffer

March 3rd, 2022

A year and a half

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We’ve had an unusual year and a half

All the distancing

All the worrying

All the isolation

All the confusion

All the triumphs and failures

All of us pulling together most times

But some being more lucky in their access to what they need

Our world is not operating as a whole yet

We are still segmented into countries and tribes

Otherwise we would probably be in a different place now

Will we learn our lesson?

I’m not sure

Our nationalism has a strong hold on us

In a world that operates as a whole

We insist on only looking out only for ourselves

There is mistrust

There is lack of compassion

There is lack of unity

What is for sure it that now to solve our problems 

We need to work together 

Today’s world works as a unit

And the sooner we figure that out the better 

September 1st, 2021

A year like no other

Another season comes to a close

Another year wraps up

It was a year with many challenges

We were caught off guard all over the world

It was a year that showed us the world is one country 

And that we are interdependent 

It was a year of sorrow and heartache 

A year of the triumph of science

A year that showed us our world has many ailments and is need of a competent physician 

A year that told us that the world has grown weary and is in need of rejuvenation 

Our responsibilities are grave

We can’t wait for others

We must act

We must do our share to heal this ailing world of ours

Healing will come through love and the acknowledgment of our oneness

Healing will require compassion and justice

The road to recovery is long and arduous 

But we are on that road and we will arrive one day

March 18th, 2021

2021

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Here are my wishes for the new year

I wish for peace in the hearts

I wish for love among men

I wish for justice, so rare these days

I wish for laughter to bring you joy

I wish for understanding that we are one

I wish by Saadi’s wish we would abide

I wish for being kind to nature

I wish for brotherhood among men

I wish we’ll think of others more than ourselves

I wish we take the necessary steps

To build communities that thrive

I wish we each do our share to change the world

And above all, I wish you contentment!

December 31st, 2020

Golden skies

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It’s a golden sunset

The sky is bathed in gold

The water is a shimmering gold

The clouds are ribbons of gold

Is this our earth?

Or another planet?

In this golden sunset there is serenity and beauty

There is a sense that all is well with the world

How can this beautiful place be riddled with anxiety and disease?

How can in this world, man not love his fellow man?

How can in this atmosphere, the environment be under assault?

In this magical place,  peace doesn’t seem so far out of reach

In this golden sunset all is well

All is right

The way it should be

 

July 20th, 2020

Covid

 

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Our world is being held hostage by a microscopic parasite

Our world, the one we didn’t take good care of

Our world, where we were busy running around

Our world, in which material things meant so much

 

Covid will be with us for a while

The lessons we need to learn take time 

We thought we had everything under control

We didn’t realize how fragile we are

 

June 26th, 2020

Interesting times

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These are interesting times

We have virtual coffee dates

Zoom get togethers

And communicate with others

From the comfort of our homes

 

These are interesting times

Empty streets

Stores that had to close

Even hairdressers!

I’d say this is an essential service

Especially for the ladies

 

These are interesting times

Health care workers

Are putting themselves in danger

To save others’ lives

 

These are interesting times

Families can spend more time together

And we are forced to slow down

 

These are interesting times

Resilience is needed

Hope is essential

Patience is necessary

And creativity is helpful

 

These are interesting times

Kind words and deeds go a long way

Prayer and meditation provide a balm

Nature is still our playground

 

These are interesting times

We can see that the world has become

A global village

Cooperation is needed

And we each need to do our part

 

March 26th, 2020

Our part

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Sometimes a handful of people make decisions
That affect millions of people

Wise decisions can be made

Dangerous decisions can be made

 

Those decisions will be made

One way or another

And we don’t have much influence on them

 

All we can do is to do our share

To bring a little kindness into the world

To show compassion to one another

And to see all of us as members of one family

 

January 2019

Deep roots

The problems in our world have deep but simple roots

The problems, the wars, the conflicts, and the injustices

Are outward signs of a malady that we are afflicted with

And that malady is no other than the lack of recognition

Of the oneness of humanity

Not realizing that we are brothers and sisters all

That no one is better than anyone else, or more worthy

That there is no reason to see anyone as an enemy

That our prosperity is dependent on the prosperity of other nations

That co-operation is better than confrontation

Humanity is very fragmented now

Each part is looking out for its own interests

The fire of trials will eventually meld these factions together

 

January 5th, 2020