Posts Tagged ‘peace’

Where are the Kings and Kennedys?

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Where are the Kings and the Kennedys?

“In Community of Caring, we believe the quality of caring we give to our parents, to our brothers and sisters, to our families, to our friends and neighbors, and to the poor and the powerless endows a life, a community with respect, hope and happiness.”

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. “

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”

John F. Kennedy


Where are the leaders with the capacity to care?

To … make peaceful revolution possible instead of bringing on the inevitable violent one … that JFK predicted would come?

These pioneers fought for change in another dark time in America:

~ Children with any intellectual delay or disability locked away in filthy institutions

~ People segregated, disgraced, and tortured for the color of their skin

The legacies of the Kings and Kennedys changed the world.

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Where are today’s pioneers?

Why does the world celebrate hate?

Why does the world crave calamity?

Why does the world harbor such intolerance?

I saw a bumper sticker today…I misread it at first. (I hope I did.)

LOVE

TRUMPS

HATE

I first thought it read:

            LOVE

            TRUMPS

            HATE

That little apostrophe does not exist on the bumper sticker, and while I have regrettably learned that many in this world do love “very, very tremendously” the Hate Trump delivers (as well as his ridiculously limited vocabulary)

There are just as many who believe that

            LOVE

            TRUMPS

            HATE

Love outranks Hate

Love WINS over Hate

Love beats Hate

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We must be the pioneers.

While the world still benefits from the legacies of the Kings and Kennedys, and the time they fought in it ~ albeit for a brief interlude ~ we cannot sit, waiting for continued blessings from their work.

It is OUR work now.

STAND UP

 

Wendy Giglio Fiore 

July 28, 2018

 

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Breathe…a breath

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A breath ~

 

Done without thinking.

 

Yet…

 

An app on my watch tells me it’s time to Breathe, as if I’ve gone through the day without breath.

 

Take a breath.

 

We have developed into a world without breath.

 

Moments of terror Take Our Breath Away from us now, instead of beauty.

 

We are Out of Breath, screaming from the back row to the Powers That Be, about the injustices and atrocities we suffer ~ only to exhaust ourselves, left Gasping for Breath, learning that we might as well Save Our Breath.

 

In The Same Breath, we tell our children to stand tall ~ fight the good fight.

 

All the while, Under Our Breath, we mutter our disbelief at what this world has come to while on our watch.

 

Take a Breath.

 

We stand up to fight on, Catch Our Breath, taking pause or rest before continuing our battle.

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Take a Breath.

 

Children ripped from loving parents’ arms

Children left in abusive parents’ hands

Children placed in underfunded, over-crowded, collapsing schools

Children plopped in front of devices to keep them quiet instead of engaging them

Children ignored and allowed to do whatever they desire…

 

Yet we wonder why things are going to pot??

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Resume regular breathing.

 

Wendy Giglio Fiore – June 2018

Legacy?

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The innocence blotted out with the constant barrage of murder.

 

Religion against religion —

Race against race —

Color against color —

 

Why is it always this way, all in the “name” of something — all claiming a righteous cause?

 

Does each deity really demand all this destruction and death? If so, why worship it?

 

Nothing moves forward, each act of terrorism a step backwards. Where is the sanity and reason? Instead it all perpetuates savagery and madness.

 

Perhaps the world needs a book study:

Lord of the Rings…?

Lord of the Flies…?

…just the Lord???

 

We all live on this globe. We destroy it without care along with all the people upon it.

 

This is our legacy    …      …      …         ?

 

 

Wendy Giglio Fiore – September 2017

 

DENT

DENT

I turn my head in denial —

distraught and in despair.

“How can you live in naïveté when

the entire world lay in disrepair?”

 

The task is too overwhelming.

How can I make a dent,

When all around the world

Live people with such discontent?

 

They rant and they rage

Bringing death and destruction

To everything and everyone

With every evil action.

 

From coast to coast and in between,

And countries from afar

Bombs and guns and weapons mass

To maim, kill, wound, and scar.

 

Then — for entertainment sake —

The people flock to consume,

Zombies, creatures, psychotic men

Brutally slaughtering in dark rooms.

 

Lights dim, music swells,

The credits begin to rise

While people comfortably sit,

Ready to devour repugnance in life-size.

 

Supporting Hollywood’s richest

Nibbling on sweets,

As the carnage on-screen displays

Bloodbaths and butchering fleets.

 

Do we not feel fraught with derision?

While we riot and protest to complain

of the violence suffered by the innocent

Grand Theft Auto and the like remain.

 

So in the turning of my head ~

The shaking from side to side.

Helpless as I watch the addicts

Shackled in their numbness abide…

 

…more violence, more death, more spilled blood.

As the duplicity abounds

One side of the mouths protests

With screams for checks of backgrounds.

 

While the other demands amusement,

Delighting in a director’s depiction

Celebrating the nastiest of our character ~

The worst of our race without sanction.

 

Yes, we are all equally guilty.

Yes, we all must look inward.

We must make better choices

And we have a right to be angered…

 

At ourselves, at our neighbors, at our foes,

But what shall we do with this fury?

Where should we go, what being our next step,

To set up an appropriate boundary?

 

I’m hoping to rise with love,

I’ll need help to not turn my head.

I will ask for help to love my enemy

Not deny evil’s existence instead.

 

My tiny dent will be made in the smile I give

To the student who failed, yet again,

To muster a kind word or gentle heart

And anything else beyond his ken.

 

The war is already waged,

And I may not make a difference.

But I will raise my face upward

For Heaven to rain down its patience.

 

Can we all pray for forgiveness?

Can we all pray for that peace?

Can we ask that the addiction we have

To the violence to cease?

 

We must all make that dent.

Together.

To stand —

Up

Against

For

With

 

Each other.

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W. Fiore 2013