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A CHAPTER ON LOSS

On the bottom shelf in an old bookstore this dusty book he came across

It was filled with a myriad of chapters including this one…about loss.

 

And as he read these words…he thought…wouldn’t it be great if we could found a way

to etch these words into the hearts and minds of the people of today.

 

Words like these provide wisdom…if we take the chance to read them

and they can change the world…if we take the time to heed them:

 

 

If you lose your fortune…you’ve lost nothing…f

or it’s only material things you lack

and if you’ve had a fortune once…

you can always get it back.

 

If you lose the courage to stand up for what you believe in…

to practice what you’ve been taught

then unlike losing your fortune…

you have lost a lot.

 

If you lose your honor and integrity…

then you’ve lost even more

for without these no matter how wealthy you become…

you…are truly poor.

 

And if you lose your soul…

for whatever reason large or small…

and fail to get it back…

 

then you have lost it all. 


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ALL THE OTHERS

After listening to his final lesson 

the wise one was approached by a young woman and young man…

“We have a question.” they asked softly. 

He nodded, 

“I will answer it if I can.”

 

“We’ve listened to all your teachings.” They said

“We’ve taken them to heart.

You’ve taught us about beauty 

about friendship, love and art.” 

 

“You’ve taught us about acceptance and compassion

about how to have an open mind.

You’ve taught us about peace, 

about wisdom.

You’ve taught us to be kind.”

 

“We’ve listened and we’ve learned.” they said

“We’ve held on to your every breath.

Yet of all the subjects you have taught…

Yet you never speak of death?”

 

Their teacher looked at them and smiled, 

touched their shoulders 

then began to speak…

“Death eventually finds us.” he said…

“All the others…

 

we must seek.”



VOLTAIRE MIGHT SAY BEWARE

Voltaire lived in the early 1700’s…he was born in Paris, France….

His words still have meaning today…if we’d give them half a chance.

 

If we had the opportunity…to talk to the famous Voltaire

I imagine the first word out of his mouth…would be a word of warning…

Beware

 

Beware of your world leaders he might say…

they are not all compassionate and wise…

‘If you want to know who controls you…

look to those you’re not allowed to criticize’.

 

Beware of those who say how wise they are…

for there is usually insecurity behind it…

‘Cherish those who seek the truth,’ he’d say, 

‘but beware of those who find it.’

 

Beware of all the nonsense being spoken…

all the madness being tweeted.

‘Stupidity can appear as wisdom,’ he’d warn, 

‘the more often it’s repeated’.

 

He might say beware of those who are filled with arrogance 

with self-worship and pomposity

For ‘Those who can make you believe absurdities 

can make you commit atrocities’.

 

If he saw how easy it is for us to kill each other’s spouses, 

their daughters and their sons…

‘Beware of fools with power,’ he’d instruct, 

‘beware of fools with guns’.

 

If he looked at the way we treat those in need, he’d say

Beware! We need to change our point of view…

‘For everyone is guilty 

of all the good they do not do.’

 

Yes, I wonder if Voltaire was still here…

if he was around today

would we conveniently dismiss his words…

 

or listen to what he had to say?



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NOW THAT I AM OLDER

Now that I am older…I love visiting the child I used to be

who would ride his bike out in the rain…or climb the highest tree…

 

Who believed in Santa Claus, saw faces in the clouds…

and never wondered why...

when he looked up on a moonless night...he saw starfish in the sky.

 

Who never cared about how he looked, or how much money his parents made

Who thought peek-a-boo and hide-and-seek were the best games ever played

 

Who could sit among the flowers watching the butterflies and bees…

Whose eyes were surprised more often…who was more innocent and free.

 

Now that I am older…I often stop to wonder…sometimes I fantasize

What the world would be like if we all grew up but kept our child’s eyes…

 

Would we be unable to see differences in our color, sex or name?

Would we smile and talk to everyone as if we’re all the same?

 

Would we welcome every visitor who enters through our door?

Would our world be one of peace and love?

Would we not think of war?

 

I have no proof things would be different…

but now that I’m older, as I say, I like to fantasize…

what our world would be like today

 

if we still saw it through our child’s eyes.


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THOUGHTS ON A SUNSET

Yesterday while watching the sun set

I thought how nature is so beautiful…

and yet

 

I find myself hesitant…afraid

at the world before me man has made

 

At all the horrible things we’re doing

At all the bitterness and hatred brewing

 

As the sun descended this thought entered my mind

There is a way to make the world kind?

 

And though this may be hard for some to swallow

I believe it depends on who we follow.

 

What if at sunset…when today is done

We stop following fools with power…fools with guns

 

And when we awake to a new sunrise

We follow only leaders whom we think are wise.

 

So at future sunsets we’ll just enjoy the view

 

Like, I believe, we were meant to do.


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TALK TO A CHILD

When confused some people look to religion for peace and understanding..

others turn to the Tao, the Buddha and Zen….

Still others only need talk to a child

 

to understand life again.


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THE JOURNEY

      

It’s not the destination

Or the beauty of the quay

It’s the making of the journey

And the learning, on the way

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BLISS

 

If ignorance is bliss                       

Then something is amiss          

We just can’t be oblivious

When we need to piss           

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FEELING

 

Do a good deed

Or fill a need

Say something nice

Or give advice

Listen a while

Or flash a smile

Show that you care

Or just be there

Display your feeling

To help the healing

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