Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Reweaving



i awoke to a world gone mad
hatred its main bargaining chip
and though i didn't want to,
i cried with each step this morning,
picked up worn linen
woven in youth's innocence
its nubs a part of its landscape

i will reweave it
over time
make it stronger
though you may shout your imprecations 
loudly in my ear
i will not falter
i will not halt
i will not hate

so that our children 
need not fear


copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2016

Posted for the midweek Motif at Poets United

17 comments:

  1. I love this, Audrey. One of my faves of yours,. "I will not hate....so our children need not fear." Wonderful and wise.

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    1. we will all need to find our way through this one Sherry! Thank you!

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  2. Thank you for this, Audrey. I so needed these words. I literally shed tears as I sat in stunned shock watching what happened last night. I said to my husband "A man like this - the most powerful man in the world: I give up." I am heart sick. I feel like something wonderful has died. But we cannot give up, can we? For the sake of our children, we cannot give up. Sunday, Oct. 9 was Thanksgiving in Canada and while we prepared the meal we had the TV turned on to one of the presidential debates. Out of nowhere, my 7 year old grandson said: is he going to kill us Dad? My God, even a child could sense the danger of that man's hateful rhetoric. What fearful things those poor little souls are imagining this day.

    A much loved Canadian politician, Jack Layton, who died of cancer in 2011 wrote in an open letter, that was read at his passing: “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

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    1. Thank you Wendy--I think we all need these words--A sad day for us--

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  3. Oh, it is so very hard, isn't it? I was stunned by the result of the election, and I am afraid of the future of this country. It seems 'a world gone mad' indeed. I am disappointed and angry with the people of this country who voted for him, the press that covered his every move from the beginning, and for FBI agent Comey for his unnecessary deed. I wish I were optimistic right now.

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  4. i will not hate
    so that our children
    need not fear... beautiful thought, something to adopt in every aspect of our lives.

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  5. love the grit and love in the closing lines...a wonderful path this is...

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  6. i will not falter
    i will not halt
    i will not hate

    so that our children
    need not fear

    Love the optimism here, Audrey
    May it be so!

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  7. "I will..." - therein is the greatness of your expression

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  8. Thhese affirmations are beautifully conceived--they save the day as the narrator redoes the linen.

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  9. i will reweave it
    over time
    make it stronger
    though you may shout your imprecations
    loudly in my ear
    i will not falter
    i will not halt
    i will not hate

    Sublime words which expresses the courage after the consternation

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  10. We are given the same raw materials and some of us manufacture dissent, hatred, suspicion, ill-will, prejudice, intolerance, evil - while others of us make hope, love, optimism, charity, forgiveness, justice, fairness and brotherhood of humanity. I know deep in my heart that the second option is made of stronger weave and will endure while the former is the stuff of cheats, liars, slanderers and while it has the appeal of a shiny gossamer veil, it is weak and ephemeral. We must do all we can to teach our children to make the stronger fabric of the two...

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  11. I like your resolve. The bible says, "Love never fails." We can never go wrong with love.

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  12. I was very sad and disappointed with the news ~ I pray he and other leaders seek for unity and peace in these times ~ Spread love, not hate nor fear ~ Take care Audrey ~

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