Okay, it’s not a “prayer” in the traditional sense, but it is an expression of my desperate hope that we will begin to confront the cultural aspects that provoke violence and suppress healthy expressions of emotion. If you’re a musician, I was hearing a swing beat as I wrote this. If you’re not a musician, ignore that last statement and just read it as a poem. Maybe one day, if I can get my partner to record a melody to it, I’ll post it here. Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas.
Here’s to hoping
That the night will turn to day–
That our tears will lead the way back home.
Here’s to believing
That there is more to life
Than the violence and strife we see.
In our grief may we find
A better frame of mind
Than to leave the whole world blind again.
Though the world seems torn apart,
If we keep an open heart,
We may see a way to start anew.
Here’s to dreaming
That love can heal the earth
And guide us to our birth in peace.
Here’s to living
The change we want to see;
We create our destiny ourselves.
Though today we mourn the dead
There’s still life for us ahead.
We can break the cyclic thread if we choose.
Let us toast to new beginnings,
For they follow every ending.
Hope and love are now ascending with our hearts.