It’s amazing what we can learn from other people who come from other lands

If we take the time to listen…if we take the time to understand.


I had a friend…from a different country…a far off distant land

who, on the day when we were introduced…extended his two hands.


I hesitated for a moment and, sensing my apprehension

He said, “In my country we shake with both hands to show you have our full attention.


He knew we came from different lands  with different traditions

different dialects

“Shaking with two hands.”he said, “is a way we show dignity and respect”.


He said, “It is how we hand each other food…

It’s the way we give each other a gift

and when someone we know is feeling down,” he smiled,

“two hands makes it easier to lift”.


And so every time I’d greet him…this man from a different land

as a show of dignity and respect…I’d extend him my two hands.


My friend got sick…and when he was dying…my friend from different land

I sat next to his bedside…and we grabbed each other’s hands.


With my two hands in his…as his life was slipping away

He said, “You see we’re not so different…with two hands is how we pray”.


When this pandemic is over…and our world once more expands….

I vow to greet everyone I meet…by extending my two hands.


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There’s a little axiom called the Golden Rule 

that is impressive in it’s simplicity.

A basic human principle regarding reciprocity.


It’s often taught in families

handed down from our fathers and our mothers.

Every religion in the world embraces it…in one form or another.


Perhaps at this most religious time for many…

This Hanukah,…Christmas…Yule…

It would be a good time to reach into the shadows

and bring back the Golden Rule.


A rule that teaches us a simple truth

It has but one goal…one aim…

That you should treat me with kindness and respect…

and I should treat you the same.


So when…whatever God we believe in,

thinks about us when this holiday, or any day, is done…

he or she will have a reason…


to bless us every one.

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All Lives Matter

How am I

To live a meaningful life

In a world full of misery

Inhumanity and strife


To dodge all the pitfalls

That lead us all to sin

Knowing good and well

It’s a battle I’ll never win


How am I

To be able to cope

In a society full racism

And a world who’s lost hope


To be reassured of a future

Where mankind still has a place

On this planet we have treated

With devastation and disgrace


How am I

To teach my children to cope

To surpass my expectations

Is there even still hope?


Will they be left with a planet

Raped and poisoned beyond repair

A wasteland of religious hatred

Do we even really care?


How are “WE”

As a species expect to survive

If we all continue with the mind set

That only “MY” race and religion


Deserve to be alive.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

can't we all just get along......

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Longing for You

Verse 1:

Though, I long for you,

I cannot be with you.

Our paths are entwined.

If they ever cross,

Know that you are my destiny.

Fate only lets us meet

One another in this world.



I'll be your memory.

Let it enfold you.

Let it live on.

Don't you forget about me.

'Cause it's a beautiful life

That we have got to live for.


Verse 2:

I see your smile.

I hold back the tears

FRom the day I lost you.

Memories etch at my heartstrings.

But I know that it's over for us.



If you can take me on,

I'll be your everything.

It's a beautiful life that we've got.

I thank God for

Sending you to me.

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