Presence

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The year has rocked this world to its roots.
What if for one day each being put down
their burdens, their words of hate, their inhumanity
and breathed in the presence?
Stopped fighting for history, for fears, hopes, dreams
and stood facing the morning sun
letting the warmth of the moment
and the next, the next, accumulate like dust at their feet
Listened instead of spoke, acknowledged truth,
embraced silence.

What if for one day each being acknowledged the fear
and let it go? Suspended beliefs
opened their arms, drew strength
through earth, grass, rock, sand
Found the sparrow singing from a lone bush
the small heart-shaped cloud
Felt the currents of air wash over them, mingle
with the breath, and let the seams unravel
borders blend, walls dissolve
and be
one.

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11 thoughts on “Presence

  1. BERNICE GENDELMAN

    Melissa:

    How perfect and beautiful; we must all pay attention! What if?

    We love you and thank you so much for your support and help!

    Bernice >

    Reply
  2. huzaifazoom

    This year indeed has ‘has rocked this world to its roots’. Hence the renewed urgency to coalesce the voices that yearn for the walls to dissolve and seams to unravel.
    Good to have you back Melissa 🙂

    Reply
  3. Adele Fasick

    What a lovely poem, Melissa! And something to think about on this holiday. I am very glad to see you are posting again. Let us all hope that 2017 will be a better year than this one has been.

    Reply
  4. Roger Baker-Utah

    your looking back–your hoping forward–your connecting to essence: these must be

    we must discover the divine in our humanity, the human roots of divinity, the better part of us, for all

    Reply

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