Cloaked

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Photo: Dvora Freedman

 

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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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

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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Photo: Chagit Moriah-Gibor

 

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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Photo: Narcissus

 

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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Not Irrelevant

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Photo: Ofir Asif

 

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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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

Differentiate Defiance

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Photo: Atara Katz

 

Differentiate the urge

To disobey

For pure defiance’s sake,

From the value of resisting

Those who violate

Or lower what’s at stake.

Refuse the rush

Of righteousness

That rebellions can wake,

And replace it with the strength

Of discerning hate from kindness,

Truth from fake.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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In The Balance

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

As tensions hold

The edge

Between manageable

And overwhelmed,

Between spared

And flooded,

Be tender.

As scales tip

To potentiate

Disaster

And fluctuate

From safe

To calamitous,

Be kind.

Remember how

Critical times

Hold within them

The balance

Of rebuilding

On the fabric of

Strength

And profound

Understanding.

 

 

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