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All the Wonders

The Legacy of Hatred

Each day I see the legacy of hatred

Written across my screen,

Displayed in videos.

It enters my car in voices on the radio.


Fists raised in anger.

Dueling pundits on cable TV.

The latest shooting.

Marching crowds and candlelit vigils.

Mothers weeping over children, slain.


I confess ...

This legacy of hatred lives in me.

It flares out in traffic jams

And simmers inside my clenched jaws.

It plays out in my heart and mind

In unspoken judgments and harsh criticisms.

...


Wise ones,

How did you learn to love?

How did you learn to let go of

Wrongs done,

Raging resentments?


Holy One, you said that I should love my enemies

And pray for those who persecute me.


Have mercy on me, Gentle One,

For I don't know how to love.

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