Preach Peace

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do not open that box child,
the one marked hate,
the one that promises it’ll be ok
there is no love to be found there,
only anger and pain

we’ve gotta find another way

we need to lead with one heart,
not bitter words that incite violence,
or hostility that starts the riots

we have to do what they won’t
and preach tolerance and unity
we want love not war
so bring us healing and equality

our next chapter demands
some kind of revolution,
a day of departure
from the constant persecution

so put down the box child
and find your strength
together, we’ve got to make them believe
in peace

Breath of Words© 8/18/17

art by Banksy

Kenopsia

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it’s eerie,
the sudden hush,
the shadows that slice,
the impossible quiet

her heart was a forest
but it’s been wiped out by fire

and the sun that once shined here
has long been eclipsed
it’s now filled by figments
with loathed looks
and silent lips
and the ghost and ghouls
that haunt this place
know nothing of forgiveness

so there is only emptiness
where love used to bloom,
her beating heart
now an aching tomb

Breath of Words © 8/14/17

photo: Tristen Lane

Thicker Than Blood

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we waver between extremes,
wielding words
that cut deep,
aimless angst and blinding hate,
hysteria thrumming inside our veins
(and we like to believe we can change,
but underneath it’s all the same)
and the pain
runs thicker than blood,
our minds deprived
of their softer side
so we lash out against the world
when we feel like falling apart,
using our angry voices
to shield our broken hearts

Breath of Words © 8/10/17

photo: Elizabetta Renosto