Saturday, June 18, 2022

what the finch said to the flower



Hold on 
for dear life
you single
lingering
stubborn 
resilient 
petal of a golden
sunflower 
all others have fallen
you remain
clinging
to your only known center 
it’s ok to let go
though what is next 
unknown
be not afraid 
to release yourself 
find freedom
where others rest
beneath you
become
fertile soil for growth 
goodness yet discovered 

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

prayers are just thoughts: platitudes cannot protect our children

prayers are just thoughts
platitudes that defer action
personal responsibility,
accountability 
our claimed-to-be-sacred
utterances
resist what is deeper and divine
a collective call and cry
to mobilize change

when will our prayers
become Just thoughts
imagining
dreaming
tirelessly working
for a better world
where all children thrive
as young people alive
no longer captive
to idols
fashioned as guns
or supposed rights and freedoms,
privileges and powers possessed by too few
adults,
charged to be their protectors,
who polish more than they push
for goodness and kindness
non-violence and peace

maybe our prayers are just thoughts
as a Just world costs us what we worship
value
love
more than our children