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You did not come to this planet

to worship a pair of sandals

or a white robe.

You did not come to this planet

to be a democrat or a republican,

a christian or a muslim,

a black or a white.

You did not come here

to get angry with reflections

in a mirror,

to get drunk on disasters

that never happen.

You came to be astonished

by a dust mote.

You came to be torn in two

by laughter and pain,

then made One

by the tang of a berry

on your wild tongue.

Why waste another moment

arguing for or against

when you could slide

down a beam of breath,

soft as moonlight,

back into the radiance your are?


Fred LaMotte

It turns out however that I was deeply

Mistaken about the end of the world

The body in flames will not be the body

In flames but just a house fire ignored

The black sails of that solitary burning

Boat rubbing along the legs of lovers

Flung into a Roman sky by a carousel

The lovers too sick in their love

To notice a man drenched in fire on a porch

Or a child aflame mistaken for a dog

Mistaken for a child running to tell of a bomb

That did not knock before it entered

In Gaza with its glad tidings of abundant joy

In Kazimierz a god is weeping

In a window one golden hand raised

Above his head as if he’s slipped

On the slick rag of the future our human

Kindnesses unremarkable as the flies

Rubbing their legs together while standing

On a slice of cantaloupe Children

You were never meant to be human

You must be the grass

You must grow wildly over the graves


Children Listen by Roger Reeves

When evening had come,he said to them,
“Let us go across to the other side.”

—Mark 4.35

You know, don’t you, that he never simply means

the far side of the lake?

The other side.

The other side of the tracks.

The other side of the border.

The other side of life.

Beyond the familiar, the safe, the manageable.

The other side of the argument. Another viewpoint.

The other side of the conflict.

The other side of yourself.

The other side of the veil. The unseen.

Let us go there.

Let us explore the dark side of our hearts.

Let us stand in solidarity with those who are “other.”

See the world in an “other” way.

Don’t worry.

The Beloved will go with us.


Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Unfolding Light

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