Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

3 most important things

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
                                                           Henry James

there is nothing left but to be kind

the liars and thieves have left no other path
than this

to overcome evil with good

evil with evil
we whirl into hot discord
soaring every high into hate and anger
burning out

falling again, nothing left

ah but with kindness
we gently sooth the wounds of those
damaged by such careless disregard

those neglected
those robbed
by those driven by such false desires
as power and greed

we have two hands
one perhaps for taking
but the other for giving

and in the giving
forgiving, and healing
calming and nurturing

this is a dangerous trek
into kindness
for we will be called fools
and we will feel like fools
and perhaps we will be fools,
for God’s sake

but it is in lovingkindness
as we stop and plant the seeds of love
making loving wishes over and over in our heart
that our hope lies

what blind voter, convinced by voices that lie
and facts that are alternative
will be swayed by words, by more anger, even by facts?

What hater, convinced that he or she is not safe
And that “they” will soon rend and destroy
Will listen to empty assurances

But kindness speaks, it shouts
It is found in a smile, a kind word
It is found in silence
It is found in a touch, and found in a loaf of bread

It is found in multiple acts of kindness
In shoveled sidewalks, piles of wood
A casserole, a hug

We cannot out evil the evil
We can only counter evil with good
One person, on relationship

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