The call to act with love
against the hate that spills into our streets
Not follow the same drummer’s beat, beat, beat
while others are simply beaten
Fighting hate with hate increases
the blaze across our states
Fighting hate with love abates outbreaks
soothes the aching wounds of history
Kindness is not complacency
Shake this world gently
Shake this world with love
Shake this world with peaceful protest
Shake this world with words
Words have power
Happy Fourth of July weekend!
I know this poem seems especially written for the current circumstances, but I actually wrote it June of 2018 as a response to a tweet I read on twitter about the usefulness of nonviolent protests. I was also inspired by this quote from Ghandi: “Where there is love there is life. In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
Another special thing I’d like to do this weekend is offer my poetry collection, Soul Picked Clean, on sale at a discounted price to celebrate both the Fourth of July (Saturday) and my birthday (Friday)!
If you’d like a copy of my poetry collection, Soul Picked Clean, for only $10, please credit my paypal at this link, and don’t forget to include your address so I know where to mail the book!
Stay safe, stay well, and read often!