#Good Morning from the Lakeside Deck, #Summer, Covid-19, Death, Revolution and Peace, Social Issues

Good morning from the lakeside deck ~

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Do you know his name?
George Floyd

an innocent black man
held down by force
until he died
face down in the street
“I cant breathe”
“Mamma”
“I cant breathe”
murder
in front of our eyes
undeniably
he takes his last breath
and awakens a spirit
unleashed
as people stand up
saying enough is enough
rules need to change
policing redefined
back to community protection
we are not a war zone or battlefield
demilitarizing our police
from 9/11 terrorism mind set

us against them
rise people rise
now is the time
take new steps
to the light
to freedom
to civil rights for all
we are all equal under the law
freedom rings

Now he is Free

Will you remember his name?

#Lake Ann, #Summer, Covid-19, Journal Writing, Loving Spirit, Ozarks, Poetry, Revolution and Peace, Social Issues

Good morning from the lakeside deck ~

SKY & I

I deeply breathe in
the same air as mighty oaks
I pause
and hold onto the fresh scented summer air
I feel
the winds as they rush wildly through
Underneath nature’s sky dome
sitting side-by-side with forested trees
looking up in beauty
while white summer clouds
move over Lake Ann’s cove

We are one ~
sky & I are the same
trees & lake waters & God’s green earth
the wind & I are too
I choose life
I choose love
Now together!

#Prayer, #Summer, Poetry, Revolution and Peace

A Votive Prayer

 

I whisper a votive prayer

By the holy shrine’s radiant light

Deep within this earthen cave

Surrounded by rock and stone rises

I lift my eyes as well as my heart

Toward the most beautiful empyrean garden

Soft scattered layers

Of green leaves and woodland debris

Hide the well-worn walking path

Here, in fields of sweet Lavender and ever-blooming Roses – – A sweet bath

Fills this morning’s air with soul nourishing scents

I only hope this day

Brings understanding and peace

That we don’t choose to keep it at bay

Stopping short

We turn away from a neglected peace

Toward only the wretched pains of war

I whisper a votive prayer

Believing prayer light will travel over vast distances

Finding our hearts aglow in time

Revolution and Peace

I Speak Outloud

I talk to the universe
I speak outloud and out of turn

From myself to the world
And right back again
A hurried song
Speaking in a voice hopefully heard
Beyond the mountain ridge
Over the canyon walls
Our feet are held together
Mired in summer clay
Where we
Should be marching in the streets
Stopped in our tracks
By dogged ideology
Human rights are held at bay
Played out by some principled idea or temporal song
For when stars see
And understand our stories
Each helping create scared spaces
We choose to build a more peaceful world!