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Today's Homily

In those days

when we feared the truth

not for ignorance of it within ourselves

but for the dangers posed

by speaking aloud against the prejudices

of masses too well-tutored in lies and hatred,

we kept our secrets and hid among the crowds,

assuming their rabid colorations, spewing

the same evil venom, spreading

all the same lies, pretending

that the past was better than the present,

that regression to our yesterdays,

the years gone by, could create

for us anew that Eden we all lost,

that sanctuary from our knowledge

of the world, of evil; and,

our regained ignorance would restore

the bliss we lost with our innocence.

That, the biggest lie,

feeds our growing xenophobia --

hastens humanity's ultimate demise.

Time does not flow backwards

in this universe; and there is

no "us versus them" --

we are all crowded here together

on this fragile planet,

all in this together.

We must be kind, and love one another,

or die.


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  1. Date: 4/14/2015 7:49:00 PM

    cool pensive poetic write. good advice.
  1. Date: 3/28/2015 7:44:00 AM

    This poem lifts its message over the words like a warm wind might rattle the leaves on a summer's eve, leaving understanding and sadness in its wake. Emile. #7
  1. Date: 3/9/2015 11:21:00 AM

    well stated Leo I must admit I do often harken back to the 10 years I spent in E. Africa between 1950-1968 although realistically I know it could never be the same. great poem hugs 7
  1. Date: 3/7/2015 10:27:00 AM

    Your descriptive wording and great imagery brought it all to heart. The words are wise and the hurt is real...leaving a feeling of blind acceptance. Emile. #7
  1. Date: 3/4/2015 10:07:00 PM

    What a wonderful profound write this is Leo! The answer is so simple but so hard, kind of an oxymoron that no one seems to have the answer as to how to bring this about. Your last two lines say it all!
  1. Date: 2/24/2015 1:59:00 AM

    Thought-provoking Leo...thanks for this and thank you for your comments...peace and love...Peter
  1. Date: 2/21/2015 11:37:00 PM

    Hi Leo these words are so true, no matter where on goes. I have been on both sides of Xenaphopia. I saw it in the fifties when the Jamaicans came to England. There was so much hatred against them. Then I faced it myself through some of the reception I got when emigrating to Australia from England. It is getting worse these day. Great read my friend...peter
  1. Date: 2/5/2015 10:50:00 AM

    Oh MY! What a phenomenal write!!! This is superb. Yes...Xenophobia is very real....especially in regards to people from MY part of the world. Bless you for bringing this to light. I really think this is a superb write...and I'm faving it RIGHT AWAY!
  1. Date: 1/24/2015 8:50:00 PM

    Very stimulating work. Don't see it happening in the near future,though Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish
  1. Date: 1/23/2015 11:02:00 AM

    These last lines seem to be coming true, more to see every day, every year. Thanks for the homily. LOve, daverf
  1. Date: 1/21/2015 9:28:00 PM

    Amen! Lofty words, my friend, but you forget one important thing about humans, and if you care to read it, go to Jeremiah 10:23. Religion will not bring about lasting peace because it is hopelessly divided. Sorry to be a sour apple but that's how I see it. Thanks for reading my misplaced modifier. / M
  1. Date: 1/7/2015 5:34:00 AM

    excellent poetry and theme, we can but learn from the past Leo..Happy New Year
  1. Date: 1/7/2015 12:01:00 AM

    Great title. I read your poem then re-read your poem to study the words, now I will meditate on what you have written. We are not separate but only in our distortions. Jim
  1. Date: 12/31/2014 1:45:00 AM

    yes, I love what you are saying (in your reply to m e) I think the very fanatical religious right does not see that as well as some others do.
  1. Date: 12/25/2014 10:13:00 PM

    Leo, I do wish all this... Love it, Enjoy your days and the coming New Year. Love ~LINDA~
  1. Date: 12/20/2014 1:47:00 AM

    thought provoking, as rhonda says. Not exactly sure i understand what you are saying about people wanting to go backwards in time to the Eden we lost. Personally, I feel an eden could not exist for us because if we went back to that time, before adam and eve "figured things out," none of us could be born!!!
  1. Date: 12/10/2014 8:45:00 PM

    Thought provoking, powerful message, Leo. Yes, we are all crowded here sharing this planet, and we should be kind and loving...I thank you for your visit to my page. Your comments, though I don't agree with, I respect. I do not exist without God, so naturally my writing reflects my faith. That's my heart...hugs, Rhonda
  1. Date: 11/23/2014 7:43:00 PM

    Great work of reality, and a wonderful message for all to read and hear through out the world of humanity, blessings on you for putting the truth into such expressive words, glad I stopped by cheri About the echoes from houston work I hope she comes back soon that's why I wrote this work, I hope she reads it and decides to answer, my hailing cheri
  1. Date: 11/6/2014 6:14:00 PM

    Nice poem you have written here with great ideals. All these things would be wonderful if they could happen to most of us. I have no hate for people, but love is a tall order. You cannot just make yourself love or forgive. it is not to do with the mind, it comes from a deeper part of us that so few people have found. I enjoyed your write, my friend....Peter
  1. Date: 10/31/2014 9:11:00 PM

    Often in ignorance are such things repeated... sadly. Well though out voice in your lines. Agree with the ending.
  1. Date: 10/29/2014 8:32:00 AM

    I am impressed, this is an important message you have us pondering. I am glad I stopped by this morning. I am off to read another of your poems.
  1. Date: 10/14/2014 11:32:00 PM

    Wow, Leo. this is VERY intelligent writing. I really like this. The ending is exactly the truth!!
  1. Date: 10/9/2014 10:39:00 AM

    no "us versus them" -- we are all crowded here together on this fragile planet, all in this together. We must be kind, and love one another, or die. Yes, we must work together to save humanity and the earth..I enjoyed reading this one today.Sara
  1. Date: 9/12/2014 3:44:00 PM

    A runaway world, values gone to hell? Yep! Decadence rampant. You nailed it. Love, daver
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 7:39:00 AM

    Beautiful, deep and truthful. An excellent write Leo, but i do admit, I had to look up the word "Xenophobia"
  1. Date: 8/18/2014 10:47:00 PM

    A chest full of wisdom in one little write. Well done.