The Serenity Prayer

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Reinhold Niebuhr

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I fly to you at midnight
and surround you with my prayers.
I let the silence gather
and shower you with my tears.
The Angels softly whisper
that it will be alright.
I’ve let my soul see heaven,
as I gaze into the light.
My heart can hear your breathing
when night terrors descend.
You know I’ll never leave you,
devotion has no end.

©AllysoAlly2017

Merciful Dew

“The people who know God well—mystics, hermits, prayerful people, those who risk everything to find God—always meet a lover, not a dictator.”
― Richard RohrEverything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
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That sound I hear in my head,
that taste I feel on my breath.
Faith and hope
I imagine,
needs compassion,
when it’s lost in the waters,
crimson rivers,
of the slaughtered.
I hear them say life is freer.
Sheer wretchedness
cracks the ether.
A cosmos that we cling to,
the courageous
gently break through.
Things are getting clearer.
They say the end
is nearer,
nothing we can do

I take deep breaths of merciful dew,
when I’m hidden in you.
Peace and love
I imagine,
needs some passion.
When the fire’s getting closer,
we fall into
exposure.
Some say life is cheaper.
Bring a paradigm shift,
awaken sleeper.
The truth will materialize,
when scales fall from our eyes.
A Loving Creator,
we will worship,
in our hunger,
we are searching
to be real…

©AllysoAlly2017

Fragrant Promises

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively”
Bob Marley

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Oh groaning Earth
Speak!
Shout!
If your voice has been silenced?
Scream!
so that the decibels
pierce a deaf humanity.

Let healing rains dissolve
the misery
of drought and famine.
Groaning embers of death
quenched
with contrite tears.

Come sing your song
of silent protest
in the streets,
above the madness,
so that peace and love
can reign.

For always a better earth
will dawn.
It will rise
from the cinders
of destruction’s
lethal grasp!

We are Caretakers
of your riches;
your gifts are freely given.
Greed poisons
the rivers and forests
and swallows
the essence
of beauty.
It contaminates
sacred beings.

The earth
is our home,
a habitat for all
to reap in plenitude.
Living creatures
belong
to your magnificence.

Lovely fields cropped
with ripe abundance,
seas teaming in profusion,
a sky vast with life.
Earth’s breath freed from the toil
of toxic fumes.

The fire of purification
will take its last breath.
New buds will emerge,
to caress the earth
with a fragrant promise
of renewal!

The communion of hearts and souls
dancing with
restoration,
singing redemption songs,
no more hunger
no more war!
Desolation’s grip unchained!
All earthlings in unison,
agents of change,
celebrating life,
a new earth
risen from the ashes!

©AllysoAlly2017

Color me in Sunlight

“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”
Jalaluddin Rumi

sunlightColor me in sunlight
radiant and alive.
Grow me into kindness
keep my hope revived.
Let Your fragrance melt away
all my bitterness,
that joy may stir me into
breathless eagerness.
Restore faith within me
so I may run to Your arms.
Extinguish my disquiet
and save me from life’s harm.

I will remain in Your presence
while You live in mine.
Sup at Your banquet table
in splendor I will dine.
When darkness does descend
on my sanctuary of tears,
turn it into compassion
so that praise is all I hear.
Grace flows extravagantly
into my lower form.
Surround me with Your glory
and quell each inner storm.

Just melt into the Sun

“For what is it to die but stand naked in the wind
and to melt into the sun!”
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

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Trudge through death
and pass it by.
Not defined by dark but by inner light.
Shadows elude the folds of time
and come to rest on outer life.

Twisted paths in death’s domain,
and tangled webs weave foreboding tales

In golden daybreak life stands still
and tranquility is fed by fragile prayers.
Encumbrances may well up within
and stain corridors with tears.

Let fear be held forever
in a capsule of time,
so love’s intensity
will call your life
divine!

It’s love that banishes death’s torment
and transforms sacred earthlings.
When tearful pillows soaked in grief
find comfort through the hurting.

 Delirious dreams dispelled,
on silken threads
where Angels glow in heavenly repose.
A life absent of love,
is foreign to your soul.
Instead be found safe within
the battlements of love’s abode

When rest is found
within your being
and deep content.
Fly heavenward,
to days that have no end.
Great love will envelope you
and graciousness
that’s heaven sent.

©2017

Freedom Day

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It was 1994,
in lines we stood.
We voted for freedom
and it was good.

Oh, happy day
of celebration.
Our hearts united
in jubilation!

Nelson Mandela
Father of our nation
He brokered peace
it was our salvation.

Remember his legacy
keep his dream alive.
Care for the poor
and let *Ubuntu thrive.

*One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our inter-connectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity.

We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.
Desmond Tutu

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