Pope Francis says what we know ‘World at War but it is not about Religion’. Life and humanity is much more basic. It is about people. This poem delves deep into the soul. It asks people to listen and let education create tolerance. Then we can move towards Peace.
A poem I recommend as we approach the anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki is written by the Cistercian Monk Thomas Merton – Original Child. We do not want nuclear devastation again is what the poem tells us.
Downgraded Gypsy; (Apr. 17, 2010)
I am a hero… Where’s my people?
I am a traitor… Where’s my scaffold?
I am a pair of shoes… Where’s my road?
I walk Downtown mixing with busy souls
I am in no hurry; the masses don’t carry me:
I am a leader and I am searching for my way.
I rest a while on the pavement; is it illegal?
I rest my eating tin plate by my side;
I learned to recognize the chimes of dimes and nickels falling in the plate
I don’t complain; I say thanks when I feel reprieve, tired of my condition.
I am a downgraded gypsy who burned his caravan
Quitted my clan, lured by greed in the city.
I extend my arms feeling for a sheltered wall
What’s a clear stream to a blind deer?
What’s horizon to a caged bird?
My ears learned to screen off piercing…
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