“Awakened souls strengthen and encourage each other by their friendships and interchange of thoughts and revealments. They create a network of light over the planet and spin threads of mutual upliftment and inspiration.”
~Vida Reed Stone
This may be seen as a departure from my message for parents of addicts, especially since I am returning from quite a long absence, but events in St. Louis are calling me to reach out in a different way. There is a common thread in the following haiku however, which is in difficult times we must not run and hide, but live and confront our fears in healthy and productive ways as we continue on our journeys unimpeded by what life may may reveal to us. Distrust and prejudices nurtured over two centuries will not be eliminated easily through press conferences, commissions, rioting or police action. Only by accepting that we are in this together on this journey as a nation and not separate from them can we change. And it's going to take a while for that lasting solution.
I am not minimizing the importance of this crossroads we have approached in St. Louis by expressing the issue in an ancient poetic form. I am merely expressing a complex debate in poetry I love to share and incorporating what I have learned along my journey to hopefully contribute a bit of calm and gentleness to a rising national rancor.
Enjoy, as we continue to use what we have learned on our journeys ...
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