In Parallel

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Live your life

Alongside

Everything

That matters.

Let light flow

In lines parallel

To heart

And mind.

We are all of us

One of a kind,

All singular

In presence.

Yet we are none of us

An isolation,

None free from impact

On what there is

And all that will become.

May we ride

This shared Earth

Side by side.

May we align

Our spirit

To be

Kind.

 

 

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Deplete Hate

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Let us deplete

The harm

The hate

So more room’s left

To tolerate

The differences

We may create

As we attempt

To integrate

Beliefs well overdue

Update.

 

 

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Glimmers of Hope

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Even in chaos

Where foul mouths and ill deeds offer little beyond

Spin and mope,

You can find and define many glimmers

Of hope:

In the smiles of a child,

In the buds that push up from a freshly thawed ground,

In expanding delight of inquiring minds,

In the light that reflects from a window just shined,

In the wriggling joy of a pup under hand,

In humanity’s goals that your heart understands,

Your soul now demands,

And your words and your acts and your vote get behind.

 

 

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Higher Ground

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When some try to

Evoke

Vile contempt

Foul report,

There is much more

At stake

Than a furious

Retort.

Don’t fall prey

To miasmas of

Hate and closed minds.

Do not let lower standards

Become somehow enshrined.

Call it out.

Name it loud.

But refuse the dishonorable

As normed or allowed.

Choose to level

Above.

Give a hand.

Hold on tight.

To a firm

Higher ground.

 

 

 

 

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Cloaked

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What thoughts are swathed

Under your wrap?

What life

What pain

Your brows speak of?

Your eyes avert

But hearts respond:

You’re seen

You’re heard

Becloaked or not.

 

 

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Your Kind Of Exceptional

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Be your own kind of

Exceptional.

Not inherently better than others

Not more entitled

Yet still unequivocally

Uniquely

Equipped

To be the best that you can be

And do the most good you can do

As you.

 

 

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Believe

 

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Believe we can.

Believe we will.

Believe the way is there

Still,

To achieve.

Believe good lasts.

Believe hearts care.

Believe compassion

Matters,

Everywhere.

 

 

 

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Voguish

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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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