Malasada* Day was merrily spent
Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras - many names are given
To this final day before the season of Lent
When around the world Christians are shriven.
Now, "Dust thou art, unto dust thou shalt return"
Are words that are solemnly spoken
As with prayer and fasting people inwardly turn
Ashes on their head as a mindful token.
It seems this message can be taken to heart
No matter one's religion or philosophy
Self reform and reflection are a vital part
Of creating a healthy society.
So, during this Lent let us choose to fast
From divisiveness and animosity
We can foster a cohesiveness that will last
And nurture our beloved democracy.
* Malasada is a Portuguese doughnut without a hole.
The Portuguese came to Hawaii in the 19th century to work
on the sugar plantations and have remained to contribute
to the rich cultural tapestry of our islands.
Copyright © Molly Moore | Year Posted 2021
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