True Zen

Not mystical,
Finding the true self
Is as common as breathing
Not spiritual,
Seeing the ultimate
Is as normal as walking
Not enlightening,
Being instead of doing
Is as ordinary as bathing
In the commonplace
There is serenity
The everyday even mind
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It’s not a race
The finish isn’t the goal
The journey is the end
And the beginning
The Tao says the walls
Of a house are only important
To create the empty space
Where life can happen
To keep out the weather
Is important, but without
The empty space
A house would be a rock
Life and Love are the same
The beginning and end
Exist only to create
The marvelous middle
To put focus on destinations
Loses sight of the now
Being present
Is all that really matters
It’s not a race
The finish is not the goal
Our journey is the end
And the beginning
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From take a knee outrage
To take a life insurrection
Bookends to a failed experiment
    White nationalism
    White supremacy
    White privilege
        “White fragility”
Supported by an Evangelical cult
Itself with two bookends
    Unborn babies
    Religious privilege
While born babies get put in cages
The other is outcast
    Other colors
    Other countries
    Other religions
        “Other fragility”
Bookends need to be placed
To hold the constitution upright
Reparations then Reconciliation
Redemption comes with a price
Not for an end times jihad
    This time
    This place
    This country
        “This fragility”
Time for cult members
To see the light
Of Freedom and Justice
        For All
The two bookends of unity

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Break the Pendulum

seek to understand, then be understood
how long will that take?
how patient can we be?
how do you understand racism?
who can understand ignorance?

it’s a prayer of the ideals of St. Francis
it’s a maxim from the mind of Covey
a good thing under normal circumstances
but change doesn’t happen with understanding
real change only happens with revolution

systemic racism is an evil virus
infecting weak minds and family values
passed on by weakened immune systems
carried by political rhetoric 400 years old
that melanin creates value, less is more

4 years of stupidity has lit a 400 year old fuse
that needs to finally set off a political bomb
to direct the right and the left to True North
snapping the pendulum, changing the course
and ridding the nation of anything but truth

in the aftermath of 2020, change is the only option
not a swing of the pendulum from right to left
we need a compass, 360 degrees of choice
choose a better path, not binary, but polynary
whether race, politics or gender, we will

choose to love, choose to accept, choose to lead
lead the revolution by changing the status quo
your status quo, what you know, what you believe
this is not a zero sum game where equilibrium reigns
the balance of power needs a fulcrum adjustment

it’s time to push out the supremacists in power
let the compass needle spin like a top
breaking the pillars that hold the blue/red line
open the nation and eventually the world
to a new day where the sun shines equally on us all

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One Day of Peace

The noise is unbearable
I cover my weary ears, which doesn’t help at all
Every source is switched off
Yet the ceaseless sounds of war still rage on at will
This isn’t about guns
Though the sound of rapid-fire won't dissipate
It’s not just politics
Though the endless voices won’t ever hesitate
A still small voice
Inside us all that is drowned out by the clutter
Can only be heard
When peace is found with who we call the other
One day of peace
That’s all I ask so that to the presence, we can open
One day it will come
But I fear it will be when there is no one left to listen
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