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ask the river

As humanity wanders

through terrifying valleys

I go to ask river

why is earth irrigated by terrified tears of the innocent and helpless?

river stays silent

   pouring into sea

   pouring into sea

I go down and ask river

why is the soil made red by the blood of women and children?

river stays silent

   pouring into sea

   pouring into sea

And then it came to me

river is telling a story

about truths inevitability

corruption misery and destruction

    no match for truth that lies within

the truth playing itself out before the world

murdered children

speak of need

for new love world

river tells me this story

as it washes into sea

deer dance to truth song every morning

and birds sing it


conclusion: dawn time

interesting how dawn is red

reminding us of the blood of innocents

river o river thank you…

may sea finally absorb all currents of misery

and may we be one again.

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