Let’s rest awhile from today’s tragedies and travesties,
from the sick and dying and dead,
from the keening of loss,
the misery of fear.
Let’s pierce the veil of hate and vengeance
to the things that were meant to be
in this miracle of life.
Close your eyes, find your safe place.
Surround yourself with what you love.
Call forth your memories of joy and wonder:
a kitten’s mew, a lover’s sigh,
a rose that blooms through all weather,
a cloud shaped like a lamb,
a book whose story is endless,
a cup of coffee in the pre-dawn rain
Follow the raindrops, the book, the cloud, the rose
to the home within where God lives
and feel the peace,
that in spite of mob mentality,
the pain and hurt and death that is the veneer of our society-
the mad scientist, the money lover,
the cop killer, the killer cop,
the child abuser, the lion killer,
the suicide bomber, the religious nut with a gun,
we are better than that.
We are stronger than that.
We are more than that.
Let’s bear the light of our love
to heal the broken world.