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Light Bearing: a #Tanka Tuesday (1/16/18) #tankaprose #haibun …#poetry #haiku #dversepoets

darkness-cannot-drive-out-darkness2

 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that”

 

I never knew my about mother’s prejudice until I was almost thirteen. She deliberately chose to withold any comment, or display any attitude, that would influence me to adopt her biases.

Others’ parents did not make such enlightened decisions.

 

dark night

“better to light a candle

than curse the darkness”

the nature of a sunrise

inspires a lasting peace

 

“Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that”

 

Desmond Tutu played an instrumental role in the Truth Commission after the fall of Aparthaid in South Africa. Truths were laid bare, so people could forgive, and a divided country could become whole.

Other nations have not made such enlightened choices.

 

breaking dawn

“I’ve seen love conquor

the great divide…”

astride the stage in these acts

pursuing a hunch of truth

 

America, we have come so far. America, we have so far to go.

 

midday sun

celebration of a life

filled with love and light

 

for dVerse–Tuesday Poetics, Amaya hosting;

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge no. 67–synonyms of play and guess

Kiwinana’s #Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge Week 80nature and peace

Real Toads Tuesday Platform

 

 

 

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29 replies »

  1. A peaceful haibun, Frank, with an interesting shape. I love autobiographical poetry of any shape of form – it teaches me about other human beings and the way this world works.Thank heaven for that candle of enlightenment.

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  2. Frank, these poems, and your prose are so moving. I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s up to us as Americans to take a stand against hate, discrimination, and racism. It’s obvious our government has lost their way, motivated by hate and things that don’t even understand. Thanks for your insights. ❤

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