Nightmares that tear at the fabric of sleep
days lost to depression at the hatred in speech
news of no relevance or negatively biased
pessimism reigning over hope’s tender blossoms.
I remember the tears flowing freely last year
as we watched a new president’s inaugural address
how much have we lost in the days since then
in millions of dollars and time and emotion?
we cannot move forward when divided by anger
while the greedy snicker at the success of their lies
seasonal symptoms of Christmas once were
irrational giving, impulsive compassion,
this year what has greeted the coming of Christmas?
a doctrine of hatred, division, and strife
promoted by powerful voices that scream
and besiege us with dark, fearful visions they see
what has now happened to the world we share?
we are fractured, and splintered, against one another
let’s vow to let no one and nothing divide us
let’s look to the river that flows through us all
of love, of forgiveness, of charity, of light
and turn our attention away from the voices
that play up our hatred, our selfishness, our fear
they cannot succeed if we refuse to listen
let’s open our ears to our hearts’ cries for mercy
and see how much strength we all share in our union
as humans on a journey from form to divine,
as humans on a journey from form to divine.
May love reign. May peace prevail.