To The Light

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With every screaming nerve
and every frayed edge
 
With the exhaustion that
follows a night of terrors
 
Upon realizing that rainbows
don’t always come with the rain
 
And our desperate pleas
are being swallowed by the wind
 
Fearing that fear itself is
consuming the right, real and true
 
I ask of us all, from heart’s depth
to love, and love more, and then more
 
To not turn away from
terrifying grips of this darkness
 
To not turn away from
the betrayed and the heartbroken
 
To find ways for us all
to come together, fast, deep
 
Let’s please hold hands
With a fierce not-letting-go
 
Let us choose listening not anger
Let us work toward understanding
 
Let us work to carve
Endless paths toward light. – TS
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Journey, Destination

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A leaf up close
is a world
of new making
 
Lines etched
on nature’s green
untouched by our worry
 
To mount
this little leaf
and choose a direction
 
As I would
a magic carpet
Bound for the end of time
 
And I can, and do.
With each breath, I witness.
The forest, journey and destination. – TS

Here’s What We Need to To With Peace

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we need to
breathe peace in
breathe peace out
grow peace create peace
nourish peace love peace
love peace some more
cultivate peace
contemplate peace
witness peace
share stories of peace
activate peace
illuminate peace
cast more light on peace
write draw and dance peace
live our peace
share our peace
develop a place of peace for all
we need to give peace a home
and open our home to the world. – TS

Sutra

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Lately I sew
sometimes with regard
and sometimes less so
for the materials
I have chosen
The thread,
and how we
use this word
in reference to
beautiful connection
The thread between us
the woven tapestries
of our diversity and
our communion
a link unsevered
The Sutras
wisdom passed down
centuries deep to enlighten,
the thread pearls of logic
we hope will keep peace
Sometimes I love
to think that with each
stitch I am also the thread
as my grandmother once was
and how many gorgeous others
And that we
are not only making and creating
but also sharing in a way
of Being, together, pure, so strong
that our unity can never be undone. – TS