Feb 23, 2021

to grow kindness like trees

pale purple petals on a flower that i don't know 

a striking sort of loveliness in a light drizzling rain 

a morning in late spring


it is late and i am praying 

for all of the things that i want to happen 

i want the earth to grow kindness like trees 

like fruit 

i want children to breathe easily 

and i want the hands of the devils 

to fall away from their tiny throats 

i want the rain to wash away the blood 

from the hands of the killers 

i want every stomach to be full 

and all people to be protected 

by a roof and walls 

i want peace to cover 

the temple of our collective soul 

like a shawl covers the head 

of a grandmother at mass 

i want my arms to grow long enough 

to embrace the suffering of this world 

i want to ease the pain 

that rules so many haunted lives 

and i pray for peace 

hear my prayer 


hear my prayer 


The moment you think of others, your mind widens.

-Dalai Lama XIV

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. 

-Thich Nhat Hanh

When you bear witness you open to the uniqueness of whatever is arising and meet it just as it is.

-Wendy Egyoku Nakao Roshi

Peter Gabriel/ Red Rain

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