Never Keep Your Ambition to do Great Things in Check

Whatever your aspiration, be ambitious every day – for yourself, for your family, for the entire human community.

How am I able to live what I aspire for myself in ways that benefit others’ equality, fairness, autonomy and justice? How am I able to use my privilege?

WHITE PRIVILEGE

Yet

again

gasping for

air, bobbing in

the sea of racist

hate, shallow, tense egos

with guns no lifeline.

No forgiveness; unrelenting

sadness of white privilege an anchor

to the soul’s cry for wholeness. When does the

shame of racist murder outweigh the curse

of perpetual allowing? True

humanity, colorless, sees

itself in its reflection,

awaiting, with only

love, resolution.

Deeply tired.

Tear-filled voice.

Justice.

Now.

Love, Transitioned

On the 4th anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Air #17, I was again compelled by the juxtaposition of the features of the tragedy. Twisted steel in a vast field of sunflowers, and the extraordinary variety of lives whose potential transitioned with the destruction of the plane.

A previously unpublished poem in their honor and remembrance follows.

 

MALAYSIA AIR 17

Hope

of a

cure lying

among shards of

hull, body parts of

winged steed finding no ease

in human flesh. Souls’ ascent

past, only the carnage of tears

laments HIV among garish

still smoldering sunflowers. Politics

and humanity at odds. Researcher,

musician, scholar, author, comic,

academic, diplomat, nun,

human rights organizer,

teacher, 3 grandchildren,

1 of the world’s best

rescue pilots,

transitioned

into

Love.