Nov 062014
 

A strange peace, a strange calm
has come over me

Outside, we have brilliant sunshine
and wind, blowing the leaves

and a cool breeze, but now the wind is rising
blowing the leaves into a cloud of leaves

and suddenly, we have thunder
and power flickering on and off

That’s how fast our world
can be transformed

We can allow radical change
to throw us completely off balance
make us want to strike out

in retaliation

In retaliation against who or what?
When we are viciously attacked
will we respond in kind?

When we reach out and are completely ignored
will we respond by putting up an impenetrable wall?

Will we take seriously
the principle of nonviolence
passed down to us

by our greatest spiritual leaders?

Or will we walk the road
of retribution and hatred?

We can stand up for our principles
without inflicting harm on others

We can come together
engage in nonviolent action
when it is called for

A strange peace, a strange calm
has come over me

Outside, we may be buffeted
by savage wind and deep thunder
but we need not lose balance

Our spiritual center can
(and will) remain intact!

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