Here is a match to put out that fire you started

It seems

these days

that

anger 

is all the rage

quick

come here

let me whisper something

mean

and

hurtful

about that

person

over there

I am

so much better

than them

blah blah

blah hate

blah blah

blah anger….

blah blah

blah

 

Slow down

give them

the benefit of a doubt

maybe

just

maybe

you do not know

the whole story

 

Can you fight fire

with fire?

 

Can you stop

a flood with more water?

 

Can you stand up

and demand

kindness?

 

How much

longer

will we all

sit by

and let the

angry

win?

Tainted Youth

This poem is not in fact inspired by the violence post yesterday, but by a conversation I had with a few students in my class. Who  informed me bullying was not a big deal because if someone bullies you, then you just hit them until they stop. They continued to say beating someone up is always the best answer to your problems.

 

My heart is

broken

for you

how do you

manage to stay

so angry 

everyday?

Your soul

must

be

so

heavy

How do you

manage to

breathe

everyday?

When all

I see is

fire

coming out of

your mouth

Keep looking

behind

you

maybe one day

you will catch them

 

“those people”

out to get

you

 

But

be

warned my friend

if you

only

answer

with

violence

 

Violence

is

all

you

will

find

goodness, hospitality, humanity

What is kindness?

Does it even exist anymore?

I think

I saw some kindness 

once

but, I can’t be sure.

What does it look like?

Is it religion?

Is it faith?

Maybe it is much

simpler

than that.

If you looked for it

everyday

all day

how much would you

find?

 

Is it too

late

for me

or

you

 

Maybe if we can

find some

hope 

it will

lead us

to

kindness.

Will you recognize it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

All consuming Fear

Deep inside

In the depths of your soul

It waits

patiently

to consume you

Are you ready?

I am fighting back

are you?

I will not let the fear win

not today

Fear is Powerful and

STRONG

if you are not careful

it will change you

so slowly

you won’t even feel it

until one day

you are one of them

on tv

warning of the end of all that we hold dear

because you chose to

let

fear

in

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration comes in many forms

I thought I would follow up yesterdays post with something inspirational. There are some truly inspirational women in this world. If you are willing to listen they have more to offer than most you can possibly imagine.

This was said by Mother Theresa. I hope that it gives you the much needed touch of love and wisdom that it gives to me.

People are often unreasonable, illogical, self- centered; Forgive them anyway

If you are kind, People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.

Hate is cheap and easy just like your mom

Hate 

it comes in many disguises

are you sure you can see them all?

It can be hidden in your heart

flashing on your tv

written into a joke

it can be the simple act of remaining silent

 

silence

 

what hate are you ignoring?

Does it leave you feeling sick?

maybe

your problems have you in your own hole

and you can’t see out

is it dark in there?

What do you do when it rains down there in that hole?

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone would simply reach down and

help 

you out?

Why is no one willing to help?

Where has compassion gone?

Oh I’m sorry I forgot compassion is too

Expensive 

 

 

 

 

Let’s be honest

Let’s be honest

Do you even know how

to tell the truth?

When you look in the mirror

What do you see?

Are you proud?

If I were you

I wouldn’t be

Or have you gone too far

that you cannot see

who you are

anymore?

Deep down

I know you are in there

That you don’t even believe the

lies

you tell yourself

What happened?

When did you give yourself over to

anger and hate?

Why are you taking us all down with

you?

 

Please

Let

Love 

In

 

 

 

 

Misunderstanding

You’ve never met me

Yet the thought of me fills you with hate

You are not perfect

Yet you want me to be

You bend the rules to fit your whims

Yet you hold firm the rules for me

You will never understand love

Yet I will always love you

You wish me harm

Yet I wish you peace and understanding

At the end neither you nor I will exist

Only what we taught others lives on

Are you leaving love?

Are you leaving compassion?

Are you leaving fear?

Are you leaving hate?