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  • Writer's pictureRev. Ani

Poems From The Porch

photo by Boudewijn Huysmans on

A Good Defense

The world is grey this morning,

light mist contrasted with heavy water

pooled beneath the trees.

Two drops of liquid

are clinging tenaciously to the top of a rocker,

despite the fortitude of the breeze.

My heart is with the flickering votive today,

a visual intention for world peace

and the relief of all those who are suffering.

For there are so many forms of misery on earth

and painful conflict that longs for compassionate buffering.

External strife is easy to address

because it is tangible, obvious, and seen.

It is the internal discord

that goes without notice

but is felt, projected, and keen.

The bigger threat is posed by this hidden ache,

gun powder awaiting spark

igniting quarrel, attack, and spar.

Your wounds and mind

when acknowledged and tended

are the best defense against war.

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