November Peace Challenge: Love Thy Enemy

Shanti Baku:

 Meredith

* Tears flow from hateful eyes too.

But I suspect our hearts, like flowers,

grow big and strong with the waters of loving-kindness.

Chill our words not our voice

It is rain that grows flowers, not ice

flowers in rain

“How cold is a heart
When it’s warmth that it seeks?”
Sting, Sister Moon

Related Posts:

❀ everyday gurus:
Monthly Peace Challenge: Love Thy Enemy

 ❀ Electronic Bag Lady:
B4peace: The Enemy Within

 ❀ Poem from Laurie’s Notes:
a quiet prayer of thanks

 ❀ Welcome to a New World: Who is the enemy?

Originally posted on Living is Not Mental Illness:

boston rob 046

Never forget

is a bird bath

filled with water,

rigid and cold.

(Is my heart hardened like this?)

birdbath

I forgive you

is the very same

bird bath,

now

overflowing

with

free-fallen rain.

(Who knew tears are waters of forgiveness?)

rainwater

oh… I suspect the flowers do.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shanti Baku
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 12:52:27

    Thank you Meredith, Kozo, EBL, Laurie, and Taochild for rising to this difficult challenge and sharing these beautiful and insightful posts :)

    Reply

  2. ~meredith
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 23:23:40

    What a lovely connection. You have such tender insight… “chill our words, not our voice…”
    xx

    Reply

  3. gita4elamats
    Dec 06, 2013 @ 00:38:46

    Beautiful!

    Reply

  4. stockdalewolfe
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 20:05:06

    Beautiful poems!

    Reply

  5. Kozo Hattori
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 01:23:34

    Love this co-authored post. What a rainbow connection. Thank you both, Jas, and Meredith. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

    Reply

    • Shanti Baku
      Dec 09, 2013 @ 17:33:08

      Thanks Kozo :) I like that. The Be for Peace rainbow connection!
      This post won’t look nearly as good when the snowflakes disappear, but it was fun to work on ;~)

      Reply

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