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Who Are You?

Who are you?”   They asked, as I walked by.  “Can you tell us about yourself?”

I without a sound nod my approval and almost instantaneously the first question is posed.

“You have to live somewhere.”  They begin.   “Where do you live?”

 Smiling, I answer.  “Where else? “  And, continue.  “I live in the only place there is.  I live in the moment.”

Looking a bit confused, but undeterred, they ask the next.

“You have to like something.  What you like to do?”

Smiling, I answer.  “What else?”  And, continue.  “I like to do all there really is. I like to be.

There is yet even more confusion, but again undeterred, they ask the next.

“You have to be living your passion.  You must.  You need to be playing a bigger game, so what do you do for work?”

Smiling, I answer.   “What else?”   And, continue.   “Every day, I wake up working on making today better than yesterday.”

There is even more confusion, but that is fleeting, as the questions are not intended to gain insight, to listen and to find meaning, but rather they are about more questions, and they continue undeterred and on to the next.

“You have to know what is going on in the world.  Don’t you see how scary it is?   What are your political views?”

Smiling, I answer. “What else?”  And, continue.   “Every day, I wake up and view today as the most amazing time to be alive in all of history since today is all that there is.  I am scared to think that I may miss one day of living by giving into my, or someone else’s, fears.”

There is still more confusion, but again undeterred, they ask the next.

“Are you married?  Single? You need to be with someone.  You must have someone special in your life.”

Smiling, I answer. “What else?”  And, continue.   “I am married to this moment, committed to living life and singly focused on loving every second of it as I am with my soul mate, always, and that someone is very special.”

There is still more confusion, but again undeterred, they ask the next.

“But, who?  Who? You must tell me who that is?”

Smiling, I answer. “Who else?”  And, continue.   “I see them every day smiling back at me when I look in the mirror.”

 There is still more confusion, but again undeterred, they ask the next.

“You must want more.  You cannot be satisfied.  What more do you want?”

 Smiling, I answer. “What else?”  And, continue.   “I want to continue living the life I live, giving myself completely to each and every day satisfied and equally grateful for all that I have, and all that I am right now in this moment, because that really is all I have and all I want.”

Who are you?”   They asked, as they walked away.

Today, what will be our history?

Today, we celebrate the legacy of a man who brought about change through his philosophies, his words and his actions.   While the work of Martin Luther King is a lasting testament to conviction, courage, commitment, and others, there is much work left to be done in the fight against inequality.   Not limited to race, but to poverty, to human rights, and much more, the world has as many questions as we move forward each and every day trying to right wrongs and move forward in a way that treats everyone with mutual respect.

With that being said, when we look back on history we tend to applaud those that were auspiciously unpopular doing what was deemed as rather inappropriate, even illegal, at the time.  Likewise, after years of unraveling that what was hailed as being so great is often seen much differently.   History has a way of filling in the gaps that are not always visible in the present moment.

Martin Luther King addressed injustice in a society that did not necessarily want to hear what he had to say.   Today, who are the most monumental leaders and what events will stand the test of time?   Today, who will history treat as kindly?

Today, are their injustices, in if so, which ones are worth fighting for?  Today, what is the appropriate platform for public discourse?  Today, when is it appropriate to protest and at what point is it not only your right but your duty?  Today, what is pushing us forward and what is pulling us backwards?

In remembrance, and in reflection, may we find the conviction to do what is right even if it is wildly unpopular.   May we have the courage to seek love, because love is too much of a burden to carry.  And, may we have the commitment to better not only ourselves, but our neighbors, our cities, our states, and our country, and the world in which we all share together in one large global community.

 

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Stand Up

In a world
that can
get you down
beat you down
keep you down

STAND
UP

for yourself
and for others

Don’t let
the world
get you down
beat you down
keep you down

STAND
UP

for yourself
and for others

Don’t allow
the world
to get them down
beat them down
keep them down

STAND
UP

for yourself
and for others

_______________________________

The world
may be playing
follow the leader
Tag you’re it
Red rover red rover
send the next one on over
Oh, he’s not up to par?
kick the can
Next one in
Red light green light go
Oh, no
Mother may I?
find another?
One who’s not
blind man’s bluff
Up to snuff
Simon Says
We’re all
marbles

_______________________________

Sweet ‘ 16

You, my most beautiful one
So sweet but not so innocent
You my lovely will soon
Be forever put to rest
And into the distant  past
Let history be the judge
And the jury, my love
Of what you meant
Taken, they  were many
But so too was much gained
Nothing remains still
Except the stillness
In the night
Nothing remains unchanged
Except the change
Day after day
Now, as I must prepare
To give my final regards
Your face so young and bright
If only we have tonight
May I treasure you, my darling
As I should have always
we shared
Together, most of which are
Long forgotten in the wind
Lost in the rain and cluttered
In the clouds in between
Sunset and sunrise
I through my hands
Let you pass
Like sand softly sifting
And now I would be remiss
If I did not say
I’m sorry, my dear
Please oh please
Forgive me for my lack
Of foresight thinking
You, we, would be together
Until the end of time
Because, all we truly have
Is that, which is so often wasted
So rarely ravished and even less
Truly tasted for fear is often
The thief that steals the light
So, my love, before you go
As tears fill the streams
Washing away all the dreams
We had for each other
There is no tomorrow
It’s too late for us
Please I beg of you
Before it’s too late
Take but my kiss
Into the ever after

I love you
My Sweet ‘16

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