Reflection

August 01, 2014  •  4 Comments

I have been very upset about the recent war between Israel and Palestine. Just as upsetting as the violence and hatred taking place there has been the responses I've seen, heard, and read from people elsewhere. The anger, hatred, and and extreme closed-mindedness have been a shock to me, and brought up a great deal of worry, anger, and sadness in myself. Trying to engage people in conversation has usually proved fruitless--I found people so stuck in their own narrow viewpoint that there was no communication taking place, no shift in perspective, no change in understanding, and no opening to compassion. Arguments, facts, questions, explanations . . . none of them went anywhere.

I decided that the best response I could give was to write this poem. I hope that it will make a difference, and help to bring about understanding, acceptance, and peace.

 

Reflection

Devastated from reading about

war in Israel and Palestine,

Heartbroken by countless

angry, vengeful discussions and arguments,

I went dancing.

 

Dozens moved and flowed and crashed

looked and listened and responded

led and followed and got lost

laughed and complained and connected.

Beginners and experts, younger and older

Christians, Muslims, Jews, Atheists, Buddhists

Others.

 

I tried to stay present, as always

watching faces, moving with bodies

listening to music and voices

noticing thoughts and feelings

witnessing mind and self.

Behind every pair of eyes,

joy and excitement, fear and anxiety

confidence and trepidation

desire for connection

aversion to being revealed

confusion about who is inside.

In all of these

a reflection

of myself.

 

We are all the same!

I want to shout.

We all want

to to be treated with kindness and fairness

to have happiness and prosperity

to believe that God is on our side, that

the Universe will fulfill our needs and wants.

We all fear

being unheard, ignored

controlled, wounded

broken, unworthy, unloved.

We fear for our very existence.

Every one of us.

 

And we are right.

Right that we are small and vulnerable

right that the universe is

vast, confusing, uncertain

beyond our control

doing what it does

without considering

me

my life

my dreams

my family

my country.

 

Still, we dance.

Whether to dance together

is not a choice;

only how.

Looking in your eyes

I consider

you

your life

your dreams

your family

your country.

Your hopes and fears

joys and sorrows

happiness and prosperity

are mine.

In you I see

a reflection

of myself.


Comments

Bethany(non-registered)
This is really wonderful. Hal. Thanks for writing it, sharing it, and most of all, teaching us to care about the situation because it is, indeed, a reflection of all of us.
nechama(non-registered)
I had a conversation earlier about this issue and a friend confided how what is happening is making him afraid of "other."
I will send him the link to this poem, as it responds to what he was saying in a way i never could. thanks Hal...
Sherry(non-registered)
Very beautiful and meaningful. It's so hard to witness what's happening.
Shoshana(non-registered)
Thankyou..
the vulnerability that you encounter and then share from that place is stronger than any argument or set of words. when you touch that you help to heal us all. much gratitude for sharing this.
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