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Poem a Day Day 19


Day 19   “Write a poem in the form of a personal ad! Or, if you like, try any kind of want ad. Personal ads, though, do have a kind of poetry to them.”

 

Wanted:

A brother who won’t lead

his little brother astray

Into the path of destruction

Even if he has to die alone.

 

Also wanted:

A father who teaches his sons to obey

Not the tenets of violent rebellion

But the laws of love thy neighbor

 

The second would have been the key

To make the first unnecessary.

Poem a Day Day 18


Poem a Day   Day 18.  After reading some other poems today I feel humbled at even trying. but I am determined to finish the assignment.   Yeah, it’s sad again. From watching too much news I guess.

Here’s a link for a little Buddhist meditation on compassion and ignoring media hype.  Or at least not letting it in so deeply that it takes over the spirit. http://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/not-watching-the-news-as-a-spiritual-practice

Today’s prompt … challenges us to write a poem that begins and ends with the same word.

If only

we could find

the wished for

Balm of Gilead

the source of healing

flowing from the heart

of giving love

some say it’s church

the pope or cross

and fluttering white dove

others say go

look within

just breathe away

thoughts of yesterday

or tomorrow

but looking

at the world today

it seems that

Gilead has fled

to some far flung

stellar shore

and left us with

if only