Why does my mind
steeped in soot
cause me to cry out,
“War! War! Rage against the vile winds
which rip through the virgin, green fields,
stripping them of their succulent fruit,”
when I know,
from a higher place inside,
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. …
“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. …” *
Where is the Aiki response?
The love-filled, precision-guided lightning bolt
which re-directs and diffuses the in-bound hatred,
leaving only a cool, calm evening bathed
in the light of a crimson sunset.
* Quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.