Bred

Ignorance breeds fear
Fear breeds hate
Hate breeds anger
Anger becomes fate

Fate of the ignorant
Shiny fake gold
Can love exist
In a heart that is cold?

If knowledge breeds understanding
Understanding breeds acceptance
Acceptance breeds love
Love becomes transcendent

Everything

“I don’t come from much…”

You come from the dry desert
And summer rains
You come from tree canopies
And sun rays
You come from wild flowers
Through concrete
You come from daylight
At midnight’s arctic
You come from the color of leaves
In the hills of fall
You come from deep oceans
And the wave’s call
You come from thunder rolls
And lightning strikes
You come from the new moon
In the night sky

You, my beautiful one, come from
EVERYTHING

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A sunny day in Houston, TX from the Buffalo Bayou.

You see the mess
So far away
Assume it’ll never reach you
But then one day
It comes to say
Hello, I’m here to meet you

Your heart may feel
For a little while
The empathy appears
And then its gone
You’re back to dawn
Forgotten yesteryears

But what is real
Is lived by those
The mess on the other side
Without a home
No place to roam
Same dream when they close their eyes

So please remember
You may be well
But many may feel cursed
Be kind and show
Much love and know
The roles could be reversed

The World on Fire


I, like most of you, have been fortunate enough to be born in a country and situation of stability. I have never heard the sounds of bombs dropping from the sky, I have never seen bodies blown to pieces, I have never watched a child deliriously cry after being pulled out of rubble and learning their parents have died. I have never had to worry about starvation. I have never had to worry about a mob of men raping me. I have never had to surrender my life to hopelessness. This is all because I was fortunate enough to be born in a place other than Aleppo, Syria. A place other than South Sudan. A place other than Yemen. A place other than Burundi. A place other than many other places in this world. Humanity’s shadow side is incredibly dark. However, the biggest disappointment is the complacency of those of us so far removed from the situation. The self-consumed attitude. As if what is happening over the Atlantic will never arrive at our door. As if we don’t have the foundations to birth a place of viable instability. As if we don’t have a responsibility to our fellow human beings. WTF humanity?!WTF?! “The world has always been on fire.” But that is because complacency has kept us all from believing we hold the bucket of water needed to extinguish it.

Bubble

There you sit
In your bubble
Self-consumed
With all your troubles
See the world through
Filtered eyes
Judging outside
With selfish pride

Burst that Bubble
Wall of yours
Fall to the ground
And learn to endure
See the world
From a different view
Life has gifts
To share with you.

Tides

 

Brings to shore what hides in the deep
To wash away uncertainties we keep
And then exposes what’s left in the sand
To give an opportunity to begin again

Collect your shells and write your name
But be prepared for the tide to claim
What you’ve shared and let go
Only you and sea, will know.

Confessions of a Daydreamer

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Staring into the world
Internalize what I see
Allow myself to feel
The Joys and tragedies

But when it gets too heavy
Retreat myself away
Seek and find idealism
Daydream of better days

Days in a universe
Parallel to all that is
Where manifestation reveals
A world of love and bliss

A daydreamer, that I am
With humility, my confession
I’ll be the change I would like to see
Create it with compassion.

Earth, Water, Air, Fire

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Be like Earth
Solid, Committed
Loyal, Firm
Allow water to soften rigidity
Allow air to open the mind
Allow fire to power the will

Be like Water
Adaptable, Engaging
Creative, Intuitive
Allow Earth to solidify paths
Allow Air to invite in philosophy
Allow fire to drive expression

Be like Air
Expanding, Generous
Liberated, Inclusive
Allow Water to guide in the flow
Allow Earth to ground scatter
Allow Fire to outline intention

Be Like Fire
Passionate, Ambitious
Spontaneous, Transformative
Allow Air to elevate thought
Allow Water to advance intuition
Allow Earth to introduce patience