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tragic games of tag

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Violence anywhere,
born of despotism or despair,
begs us to face our own darkness
and learn to befriend ourselves:
our fears, rage, distress,
unmet needs and hopelessness,
double standards and numbness,
our deep disconnectedness.

Who are the peacemakers
prepared to pay attention
to all we seek to keep hidden
behind prison bars,
prescriptions,
and runaway
mass consumption?

Who’s brave enough
to face and feel
the cold-blooded hatred
we humans hurl at strangers
in Boston and Pakistan,
Iraq, and Afghanistan?

It’s easy to point fingers,
or just focus on the helpers,
but can we support each other
to discover what’s required
to unwind the kinks and knots
inside our minds and hearts?

Our tragic games of tag
are fueled by fear and frustration,
injustice and confusion,
and speak volumes
about the depth
of our disconnection.

So, what’s the solution?

I’m tuning into
my broken heart
to find out.

Cartoon by Dharma Comics.  "If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?" - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Cartoon by Leah Pearlman from Dharma Comics.  “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn