Made in His likeness

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Why go back to darkness,
when light is plain to see.
Amid all the conflict,
love sets disunity free!

Kindness is the antidote
to a world full of strife.
Release the chains of hostility,
and praise the great design!

All Earthlings are made in His likeness,
with the power to create.
Let’s develop unbreakable connections,
so that love will remain!

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Commemorating Woman’s Day

The holiday commemorates the national march of women on this day in 1956 to petition against legislation that required African persons to carry the “passbook” … On August 9, 1956, 20,000 women staged a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against proposed amendments to the act.

(Significant Acts of the Apartheid Era, enforcing the separation of races. The Natives (Urban Areas) Act of 1923 deemed urban areas in South Africa as belonging to whites and required all black African men in cities and towns to carry around a pass book at all times.)

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Lessons in Leadership

madiba 8Be like the man
who cared for humanity,
he lived his life
in gentle humility.
Be like the man
who embraced
all religions
forgiveness his mantra
when he came out of prison.
Be like the man
who loved all people,
not judging their status,
he fought for freedom.
Be like the man
who never desired riches,
he shared his possessions
and built many bridges.
Be like the man
whose voice can be heard
from beyond the hills
a modest shepherd.
Be like the man,
who was prepared to lay
down his life,
to bring freedom to the masses
and make poverty decline.
Be like the man
who fought for his nation
loved by the world,
incredible gracious!

Happy Father’s Day

“Anyone can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a DAD!”
A DAD
You didn’t have to love me,
I never was your own.
You let your heart embrace me,
your devotion is my home!

I had my own Father,
who crushed my childhood dreams.
Abandoned me in favor,
of his own selfish schemes!

Beloved Step-Father,
thank you for your care.
Your loving kindness covered
my heartache and despair!

©AllysoAlly2017

You Lived

“maybe death
isn’t darkness, after all,
but so much light
wrapping itself around us–”
Mary Oliver, Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays
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You were
full of despair
the night
you crashed
your car.
Your lover
had just died
and you couldn’t
bear the thought
of going on
another minute
without him.
You wanted
to die too.
But you lived.
You lived to
show us what
beauty looks like
from the inside
with soft spoken
words
and a smile
that lights up a room.
I know that
many times
you wish
you’d died
because you
were left
with so much
grief
and your form
was changed
and bent
and hurt.
But you lived.
You lived to show
us how to occupy
deep gratitude,
even through the pain.
You remind
us each day
what beauty
looks like from
the inside
with soft spoken
words
and eyes
that have known
great sorrow,
yet they still shine!