Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Web-Site
Yes, indeed, I very sadly agree!
Pity us all! Weiterlesen …
May you continue to sail safely
in the days and weeks ahead,
also in the months of the coming year,
no matter how roughs the waters and waves
on the stormy seas of life might appear…
especially at this time
of annually shared sacred seasons
of holidays, of sacred festivals
of thoughtful fasting,
or fun-filled feasting…
Let it once again be a time of celebration
for very obvious, very significant and very good reasons…
Let it indeed be the time
of very holy days… in most holy ways,
each according to our own unique traditions,
no matter where in the world
at this very moment we might be…
for a time of real joy,
a time of gathering
with family and friends,
a time of kindness, of sharing and caring,
a time of greeting and meeting,
a time of gladness, of joyful noises,
a time of singing seasonal songs with happy voices,
a time of grateful receiving, getting, and unselfish giving,
a time of profound gratitude
a time of reflecting, rethinking, reevaluating,
renewing, redoing, redirecting,
a time of rejoicing about life and living,
a time of welcoming
those who are lost or compelled to be fleeing
from lands of hostility and hatred,
a time of community in communal harmony,
a time of shaking hands, of hugging and embracing,
a time of neighborliness and friendliness,
a time of socializing and interacting
a time of mutual respect to be truly amazing,
a time for a new beginning…
A TIME OF REAL
AND LASTING PEACE
Therefore, in this sense
I wish you all
as is most fitting, as is most correct
and most appropriate,
a most sincere and very heart-felt
Fun-filled Eid al-Fitr, thoughtful Eid al-Adha,
or contemplative Ashura
Fine Bhodhi Day!
A very special Omisoka!
Greetings in Peace!
Gerhard A. Fuerst
Please help me add to
Poetic post script:
We do not exist in isolation.
We are not islands,
all in separate existence
in a vast ocean.
We are all part of a very complex
and vast human continent.
Let us share this connection,
as common terra firma
in the determination
that nothing, no force on earth,
natural or unnatural,
shall divide us,
shall shake, fracture, shatter
and destroy what we all
have in common:
Let it not only be human,
but principled, purposeful, peaceful
Gerhard A. Fuerst
Illustrations from sources posted on the Internet
Soaring and Sailing.
An Ode to Freedom!
Are we free, really free,
when finally we can soar and sail
in our mind, in our imagination,
by the means and assumed
mastery and might
of our very own virtual wings,
unhindered, unfettered, unbound,
unimpeded, uninhibited without fail,
to incredibly heights
of our own choice,