the weapons have been cleaned and oiled
and rest now on racks in perfect rows
waiting for tomorrow’s battle
some of the soldiers rest as well
but some are wide awake
staring into the darkness
night on planet earth
pork chops defrosting on an old chipped plate
with watery drops of pig blood reflecting light
from the warm beautiful sun
a light as soft as a touch
dappled across the windows
filtered as it is by the green leaves
of the crape myrtle trees
that are taller than the old house
Joy creates a spaciousness in the mind that allows us to hold the suffering we experience inside us and around us without becoming overwhelmed, without collapsing into helplessness or despair.
Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
May some kindness find you today, which also means I hope you share some kindness today. I'll try, too. Life is as good as we make it.
The first step in compassion is to notice the other’s need. It all begins with the simple act of attention.