Let It Begin With Me - 2017

Reignited by the brilliance of the Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, and her Inauguration Poem, "The Hill We Climb." I am sharing my last piece from a collaborative Season for Peace and Nonviolence event at Northaven United Methodist, Dallas, in 2017.

Let It Begin With Me

I heard the Dalai Lama say

“Engage with those right beside us”

I saw a young man

With a black hoodie on

That had a rainbow Buddha and a message

“We are HERE to heal, not to harm.

We are here to Love, not to hate.

We are here to create, Not to destroy.”

A Princess

From a galaxy far, far away


“Take your broken heart

And make art.”

Peace begins

Right where we are

We cannot meet the wounds of the world

With animosity

perpetuated projections

the dense fog of mistaken identity

that drapes our soul

in grey doubts

We cannot linger in global fear

Like a 3D hangover

While ignoring our own pain


Through introspection

Deep contemplation

We meet our shadows

In the fruitful darkness

Like the heavenly sapphire morning glories

Turning to the LIGHT

Awakening within.

“The wounded healers

Become leaders”

In an emerging paradigm

The seed of Peace

An idea that spirals upward

Is planted in the fertile soil …… Of paradox

We begin to SEE

There is no I

You or even we

There is simply


What if we

Met each other

Like unknown artists of our lives

Staring into the mystery

At the edge of a foggy dock

Surrendering to that which is Greater.

Instead of creating

Enemies of ideologies

What if we met in LOVE

Dreaming a new vision into being.

We are entangled

By our very

Quantum nature.


Cannot separate

Itself from Light.

Darkness is only

The theatrical backdrop

So the glory of constellations may shine


The intricate diamond web

That is LIFE.

Illusory power

Is Diminished

In One moment

Tasting Truth

Of the eternal fountain