Scratch on the paint
Kicked in the ass
Battered and beaten
Bound for the trash

I’m not pathetic
And weak is not me
Just overwhelmed
And trying to be

There’s power in words
So wisely do choose
How you will speak them
Don’t just let them loose

The power to lift
And to destroy
A life in the balance
Not a cheap toy

Sick and broken
No longer new
Empty of love
Feels like we’re through

Contempt and disgust
Anger and hate
Can-this love be saved
Or is it too late

Will God have mercy
Or break His alter
Surely we’re humans
And-all humans falter

Or is it on us
To come to amend
That which has drifted
Straighten the bend

Do we have the strength
And power to make it
Or will we part ways
And-just have to break it

The morning has not yet stirred
And here I am in my car
Excited, anxious, racing to work
How quickly will I make it today?

Longing to sit
To enjoy
To cherish
A slow morning
With the people I love

How did life get so complicated?
Why did I allow myself to be enslaved by work?
When will the disease go away?
Rest and tranquility are fantasy

Feelings of being handcuffed behind my back
Feelings of being stuck
In a loop
When will anxiety die?

Today is a difficult day
But tomorrow will be better
Today is a difficult day
But tomorrow will be better

The life that was longs to return
Now lying, broken and dying
Crying

Frail and in pain,
Hope seems far.

Despair cries out,
But not a sound is uttered
How and when will it heal?

Alone in an ever increasingly hostile world,
Those who loved have gone.
For good?
Their love dimmed
Now only a flicker
Doubles the anguish and despair.
The solitude
The hopelessness

Weak and pathetic
Stings the soul
It’s a lie
Where to go from here?

I am the ever changing
And I will heal

I am powerful
And I will triumph

The love this life needs is its own

If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?

When the moon hits your eye

You might think you’ll die

Or maybe just cry

But really you’ll sigh

‘Cause your heart starts to fly

And then by-and-by

You’ll get a quick high

And you’ll soar in the sky

And when you look down

You’ll turn your frown upside down

And act like a clown

Without making a sound

‘Till your feet hit the ground

But your heart will still pound

Then you’ll look all around

And know that you found

Amore`

Are you human?
Black or white?
Jewish, Muslim?
Left or right?

Do you choose hate?
Or do you love?
Do you fear no one?
Or God above?

Is your blood red?
Or redder than mine?
Are you a sinner?
Or are you divine?

Have you family?
Are you alone?
Do you preach?
Then, in what tone?

Are you in the dumps?
Or exalted high?
Are you grounded?
Or do you fly?

If there were peace on earth
Would you be content?
Or would you hate your brother
and be hell-bent?

As I grow older
Every day
I’m dumbfounded
How easily we stray

A preacher’s word
Is from his mind
Is it evil
Or is it kind?

A leader’s word
Is just the same
Is it enabling
Or is it lame?

New Year’s day
Is Judgement day
Where all God’s creatures
Bow and pray

Wipe our sins
From off our souls
With gentleness
Not burning coals

For one more year
Of health and peace
We beseech God
EXTEND THE LEASE!

This year I
Will love my fellow
Whether he be
Brown or yellow

Christian, Buddhist
Or tolerant religion
I’ll work towards love
It’s my decision

Will you join me?
Hand in hand?
Let’s work together
Strike up the band!

 

It is a fundamental lie to believe that all men are created equal.  We are not.  From conception to demise we are preprogrammed and predispositioned to conduct a life that is completely different from our fellow man.  Whether it be health, wealth, mental capability, physical capability, spiritual capability, or geographical location, our life experiences will be unique.  The most we can ultimately hope for is to be tolerated.

To be tolerated is the minimal criteria for co-existence.  Society, as a norm, stresses homogeneity in order to breed tolerance.  Love thy neighbor is more easily done when that neighbor is as similar to you as possible.  If your neighbor speaks like you, dresses like you, eats like you, prays like you, raises his children like you, then he is a reflection of you, and loving him should be natural.  History is replete with examples of nations consumed in hate and war because of their differences.  We continue to see this today in the form of religious intolerance, and racism.

Of the three major monotheistic religions, only one believes that as long as a person abides by the 7 Noahide laws, and is a good person, they will be rewarded when their soul takes leave of their body.  The other two preach that not believing or converting to said religion, no matter how good you are in this world, will damn your soul.  This is why, in a larger sense, the first monotheistic religion can live side-by-side with others who are different, while the other two have pocked history with an endless river of spilled blood.

One must question the sincerity and validity of a religion that preaches love or peace, yet is fundamentally intolerant of others to the point of bloodshed.  We are witness today to a growing wave of Islam that leaves headless corpses in its wake.  Likewise, we are witness today to an unleashing of violent racism between Christians.  And they both look upon the Jew with a common hate and loathing.

The ever-present Jew who was exiled 1,000’s of years ago from his homeland has done well in all of his host countries for his respect of his fellow human being.  From the Torah itself God reminds us that all men are created in His image.  The Jew alone lives this, and has historically treated his fellow well.  His fellow, on the other hand, has not treated the Jew well.  We are witness yet again today to a resurrection of anti-Jewish hatred that history has proven time and again leads to the mass murder of Jews.

No, men are not created equal, and only through tolerance can we all live side-by-side.  As long as my fellow does not mean to harm me physically or spiritually, why should I harm him?  If we are all God’s creations, then why can’t we all just get along?  You don’t need to agree with what your neighbor believes or does, but you do need to tolerate it.  It is not the right of anyone to shed the blood of his fellow, and especially not in the name of religion.  Murder is murder, whether you are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, black, or white.

God loathes murder and loves unity, so why not live it and preach it?

The time ticks by,
And here I wait.
Impatient, excited,
For the date.

The date and time,
When you return,
And fill the gap,
And quench the burn.

For way too long
We’ve been apart
And I feel the chasm
Growing in my heart

I long for us
To hold embrace
And resume life
With peace and grace

And once again
Be family
For I need you forever
Here with me.