Retired,Live in the woods, .54 miles off the road, love to work outside and feed the deer and birds in the winter time. I volunteer with meditation groups in four prisons near my home with the Milwaukee Zen Ctr Program that goes to 12 prisons. Also very active in Poetry community, Woodland Pattern in Milwaukee, Naropa SWP in Boulder, CO and other readings. There are four Buddha surrounding my home, I also take care of their well being and all living beings....
Pine needles, frozen by rain in mid winter Crackle as the cold wind blows through the trees around us The now is like old flat bread Breaks into pieces as it swallows your feet and snow shoes In fact, it is possible to slide on the snow shoes and fall, but the fall Is not hard, as one breaks through to the soft , old snow below
Violence is frozen in time in Palestine People dying in their own homes and streets Violence is frozen, the sounds of rockets, bombs and bullets All around us, even here in the woods One can feel the air as the bullets go by to their target in Gaza
How does one un-freeze violence? How does one melt hatred? How does one wake up a hold generation mi-led by lies and stories of Greed and power between Israel (n o spiritual relationship to the Israel of The Torah) and the United States Government (no relation to what is in the constitution Or the declaration of independence)
A change in leadership?, A commitment to peace?, Conversations around a new way not just changing old ways and structures that have not brought peace
The pine needles are melting now, the tree is feeling its freedom again The snow is soft again, the snow shoes, again, sink into the snow as you create a new path in the forest and wet lands… How do we find peace where there is none? The wounded The dead The scared ones The children The elders Yes, Israel exists, most of its people abhor the violence, frozen in time Thousands demonstrate for peace, no one listens, sound familiar America?
Oh, I threw some salt on the ice this morning I heard the frozen ice begin to crackle and fall apart Salt on the wounds? No that is not it But the salt of peace, love and justice Stepping in between those who fight out of hate, greed and power on both sides Those around the world who want to CUT OFF the conversation because their side is right the others do not exist…
Gaza exists West Bank exists Palestine is a state STOP THE KILLING FIELDS OF ISRAEL STOP SUPPORTING THE KILLING FIELDS OF ISRAEL USA GOVERNMENT The violence frozen in time and history will melt, is melting Not with guns or rockets made in or paid for by the USA Not with breaking through the sacred land of others or trying to fence in your neighbors But act and think and live in peace.
As I write this on a frozen morning in the woods The US has blocked the UN again for peace Why do we block efforts for peace even when they look impossible We are afraid of the frozen violence and risk of a melt down of violence, we love our power
I suppose I should stop this journey now It is too painful Today let us chant and pray for peace in Gaza and the world That the frozen presence of violence as the answer will melt.