Lessons of the Heart: Of Healing and of Hope
Inspired by remembrances on the tenth anniversary of 9/11
We should never forget.
To forget history
is to forsake its lessons.
But as we remember today,
let us let wisdom temper primal rage.
While forgiveness is a journey so personal and private,
a community - of neighbors or of nations - can learn and grow together.
No - let us never forget.
But as time may soothe many wounds,
at this, the dectennial of jihad's jolt of hate and hurt,
there is still much healing left to do.
So - as we remember,
let us please keep walking.
Let us please keep talking.
Let us please keep keeping on.
Walk with a strut
or with confused wonder.
Walk in curiosity.
Or walk with the unbreakable stride of determination.
It is right to remember.
It is okay to grieve.
But let no melodrama alter the karma.
There's a time to gather, and a time to leave.
For they whose honest heart's honest comfort
is found by mourning - public or private,
stay as long as you need.
It is for they who dwell, not mourn, to whom I speak.
So, for the sake of humanity,
and for those who were spared
living conception until afterward,
let us live to live - let us walk.
For the sake of those who lost their lives,
and for the sake of we who remember,
for the sake of those who still breathe the toxic dust,
and for the sake of the little ones' gift of untied trust,
For the sake of those who had to learn to walk on
on their own,
and for the sake of those of us
who scrambled aimlessly to find and help them.
For the sake of those who mourn despite the date,
and for the children whose births have occured since;
for those who need no orchestra and replays of falling towers,
let's remember in earnest, and then LIVE this gift called life.
For the sake of a nation's shaken innocence
and a world which opened up its gracious arms,
for the sake of we who were there in time
and for the sake of those whose own eyes saw the towers fall.
For the sake of a hope for humanity's growth
and the change that must continue in that quest -
for the sake of those who died by solemn oath,
and the whole world's debt to strive toward OUR best.
In the name of living.
In the name of love,
let us walk on!!!
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