Strut What?

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Give a hand

Put a stop.

Help the weak

To step up.

See beyond

Outward bluff.

For in the race

To strut stuff,

Truth is often

Enough.

 

 

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Dance Gingerly

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Dance gingerly into the hearts

Of others.

They are the home

Of someone’s soul.

Dance delicately

In the space

That is between

Yourself

And others.

Dance gently ever more

Inside your own.

 

 

 

 

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Enlightenment

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Photo: Yael Yehuda

 

May you have your eyes wide open

To truths

Your heart had always known

But some wish you’d forget:

Love holds far more power

Than hate;

Light illuminates

What darkness might aggravate;

Empathy is the only real energy

Of making great.

 

 

 

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Also: Glow

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It may be fashionable to be unkind,

To dismiss civility as weak

And see polite discourse

As reflecting ‘snowflake’ fragility.

One wonders, though,

About the price of bullish ways

On our children

Who are learning

Not what we say

But what we model.

Will they grow to celebrate insult

As denoting power,

And be enthused

By pseudo-charm;

Or will they see

The true resilience of empathy

So hate and war

Can finally be

Disarmed?

 

 

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No Vacancy

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Deny hate a room

In your heart

Anywhere.

Fill it instead

With soul truths:

The sweet breath

Of infants

Asleep against your chest.

Does not differentiate

Who is worthy of care.

Deny hate a room.

Allow compassion

Instead

To take hold

Everywhere.

 

 

 

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Encircle

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Photo: Inbar Asif

 

How much will it help

If we can

Get ourselves out of our own corners,

Out of righteous

Stiffened chins

For right or wrong?

Maybe round out those

Hardened edges

So we no longer must

Contrast

One side

With another,

Or need to confront

A person’s sigh

With slight or fault.

Can we

Perhaps

Find common ground

In what may be beyond

All argument:

If we rotate

Long enough

Around a circle

We will eventually

See

More than

Our current

Vantage point.

 

 

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Time To Launch

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Photo: Inbar Asif

 

Time to launch

Growth spurts of kindness.

Time to set sail

Onto good.

Time to commence

Paths of compassion,

To pitch a better course,

Away from shoals

Of crass and

Greed

Toward a truer way

To heal, succeed, and

Lead.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stay Focused

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Stay focused on what matters:

The smiles that gladden

The hugs that hold

The beauty that makes your heart quicken

The deep power of empathy

The healing breath of soul.

Stay focused

On the big picture

And on the

Details

That make it

Whole.

 

 

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Not Irrelevant

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Do not let anyone tell you

That kindness

Is a privilege

For other times.

Do not let anyone convince you

That truth

Is peripheral

To the necessity of

Getting some things done.

Do not let anyone berate you

That hope is

Irrelevant

And you are somehow

Weak

For holding on

To empathy, veracity, civility, belief.

They are all

Relevant.

Especially

Now.

 

 

 

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Heart Tethers

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There’s a tether that connects the hearts of care, the souls of kindness. It is tangible. It is sublime. It has a quality of light which bridges time and place, happenstance and circumstance.

It is not about words. Or at least not exactly. It is the way one can be seen: if known by name or face or only by the recognition of a shared humanity. It is the way one can be heard: by action or response, reflection or emotion, by prayer and by thought. It is the way we all are one, essentially, affected by the pains and joys that grip even those whom we may not know, and yet are part of us, in one way or another.

There is a tether that fetters heartbeats to the expressions of another. It is seen in young and old as mirror neurons and empathy weave the tapestry of wisdom and pulse with compassion.

There is a tether interlinking who we each are with who we can be. It exists in sharp relief to whom we might become if we risk the loss of that which nourishes what ticks within.

“It is a chain to care,” some say, reluctant of obligation. “A leash. A hindrance to independence.”

Not so, for it is not restraint, but rather a foundation. A cornerstone of interconnection. We are none of us truly an island, and all part of a shared future: the air, the earth, the water, the resources, the young and old, the hearts and minds.

 

 

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