Layer Not

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Photo: Ofir Asif

 

Some photos of a layered world aren’t pretty. Some are there to remind us of history that shouldn’t have happened yet did: People stacked in slave ships’ holds. People forced to march. People warehoused in concentration camps. People massacred. People just like us … stripped of dignity. Dehumanized.

And yet. People they each were. Each one a universe of thoughts and soul and feelings. Each one worthy. Each a human being.

Layered in the bowels of our collective histories are memories that hurt as the agony they resurrect is peeled away so they be seen. And yet they may be there exactly to remind us what we should know … and never repeat.

 

 

For The Photo Challenge

Sorrow and Hope

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

Like pebbles on the beach

Like grains of sand

Like leaves upon the trees

Like flowers in a meadow

May we never be alone

In sorrow

And in hope.

May we find solace

In each other

And may compassion

Weave heart strands together

So we remember

How alike we are

Each one its own true flower

Each one part of the whole

In sorrow

And in hope.

 

 

For The Daily Post

A Tribute in Light

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Tribute in Light — Photo: DOD

 

On the eve of 9/11

In this city that has been forever changed

As it had its core humanity

Revealed

In uncountable acts of kindness

Under devastation,

I revisit

The day

The sky grew dark

With smoke

And hearts broke open

With compassion.

 

 

For more information on tomorrow night’s Tribute in Light

For the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

A Structure – In Memoriam

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Photo: Kathryn Cameron

 

This is my second response to this week’s photo-challenge. However, I post it not for me but in memory of the photographer who’d taken it, Kathryn Cameron. This week marks five years since her passing and she is deeply missed by all who knew her. I know she’s thought of every single day.

Kathryn had sent me this photo of Swiss Chard from that day’s Farmer’s Market haul. She was washing the greens and something about that leaf’s structure and composition led her to position it on the window-sill and photograph it.

Beyond the stunning beauty of this natural masterpiece of leaf, I remember finding the pink veins as somehow representative of the tenacious carriers of both nutrients and chemotherapy inside Kathryn, who at the time was battling a recurrence of the cancer that would not long after take her life. The vibrant green and light shining through mirrored Kathryn’s indomitable spirit and her love of nature and all growing, flowering, living things. The leaf, placed against the sky, became a miniature Tree of Life, the manifestation of her loving heart and dedication to healing pain and trauma, offering succor, and living as a compassionate soul upon this earth. Now in the beyond.

This post is for you, Kathryn.

I love you more.

 

For The Photo Challenge

Grain of The Past

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Photo: O. Asif

May the grain of the past

Tell the story.

May history speak

Of the truth

That must

Never be buried

Like heads in the sand,

Or in hesitant voices

That won’t take a stand.

May the stain of the past

Be the guide to these times

So no alleged ‘fine men’

Torch-lit hate in the night

Once again propagate

Let return

Evil’s blight.

 

 

 

 

For The Daily Post

OUTLAWED HOPE 99c Sale Extended By Request For One More Day!

Thank you!

To all who shared how meaningful they found this

small tribute to Kathryn.

 

Thank you to all who agreed that 99c is a great deal

for Outlawed Hope!

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Outlawed Hope cover

Thank you, too, to you who were traveling and requested the sale be extended so you could take advantage of it.

Glad to!

“Yay! 99c! Getting a copy for myself!” D.L.

“This is the perfect going-away-to-college book gift.” S.R.

“Heard such great things about this book! For 99c, it is a win-win! Of course I want a copy!” M.C.

 

THANK YOU!

 

And so … you got it!

Outlawed Hope will remain available for 99c through today, August 30, 2014!

Get your copy TODAY.

 

For Kathryn: A 99c Memorial Special on OUTLAWED HOPE!

Two years ago tomorrow, my dear friend Kathryn, to whom Outlawed Hope is dedicated, passed on after a long battle with cancer.

I miss you, Kat!

To remember Kathryn, and to mark this tender anniversary of her leaving pain behind and freeing her soul to roam the heavens, Outlawed Hope will be offered on Kindle at the special price of just 99c today and tomorrow only–August 28th and 29th!

 

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Outlawed Hope cover

Outlawed Hope cover

What readers say:

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Hurry and get your copy of Outlawed Hope on Kindle for 88% less than the cover price of $7.99! 

 

Outlawed Hope is also available on Paperback for 17% off of publisher price!

Not a Kindle reader? Get Outlawed Hope as an e-book on Nook, iBookstore and Kobo.

 

Kathryn, I am sure you are looking on and smiling … You probably have our mutual and dear friend Carol–more recently passed and so very loved as well–with you nearby. Remember always: “I love you more!”

Robin Williams Quote

 

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And so you have, dear funny, tender, brilliant, generous in heart and deep in spirit man.

You have lent the world a whole new way of seeing, and a belly laugh besides.

Your words already changed the world and you have enriched it beyond measure.

No matter what your sorrow told you, may you know that your life mattered, and that your ideas made us all richer. Rest in peace, Robin Williams, comic wizard, angel now.

In Memoriam to The Fallen

 

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In this evening and upcoming day of Memorial

As Israel remembers its fallen

As parents, siblings, loved ones weep and mourn:

Let it be the last day of new pain

Let there be

Please, oh God

No more war.

Anywhere.

No more dead, no more graves

No more maimed

No more grieving.

Let the bloodshed be ended.

Let the warmongering cease.

Let those who entice pain, find ways of words.

Let those who live hate, open hearts, make new doors.

There’s a way.

No more war.

We’re all people.

All someone’s baby, sibling, loved one, neighbor, friend

We all share more than what can divide us

We all hurt, love, hope, bleed.

No more violence.

There is no need.

Let there be

Hearts that open

Light to hold, hope to share, peace to mold.

Let there be

No more war.

As we weep for the fallen

As we remember what happened and wished that did not

As we tally the terrible price

The unnecessary ripping

Every death, every wounding

Agonises an ache in our hearts

A hole in our souls

Let there be

From now on

No more war.

peace can do better

no more war