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annaruiz



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 3:14 pm    Post subject: The Humanity Tree Reply with quote

"Hence, the greatest cutting does not sever."
~~Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu~~


The Humanity Tree



the Taste Of Freedom
is not in a freedom
song, whether or not
we know the lyrics,
ever knew passionate
sonatas of fallen grace,
or have forgotten every
battle hymn we learned along the way,
our long long walk
though out human history,

the Place of Freedom
is not a Prayer facing East,
or a tear-stained face wailing
against a wall in Jerusalem, or
a Pledge of Allegiance to any flag,
an homage to a cracked mission bell in
Philadelphia,

it is not a small flame or a roaring bonfire
into which hatred and fear are thrown in
like sentimental ghosts of an enduring past,
the scent of rosewood and apples wafting
to the stars,

freedom is not a putrid shade of green,
in an open, empty and dirty prison cell,
smatterings of blood on its walls, nor
a well-used cane discarded,
nor a white-washed bed flowering with
starched roses of St. Theresa, in an easy
peaceful death,

Freedom is a branch
from a living tree,
pruned
by unseen hands,

binding the Darkness to the Light.



Love and Peace,
Anna
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