Today We Can Make A Difference
Outrage, grief, anger, and sadness are shared responses to the shooting in Orlando.
Action is my only remedy in moments such as this. Today, as most days, I will be with people who are different from me in family, community, work. Today I will strive even more vigorously to recognize the core of all life within us, and to build a bridge over our differences with understanding, strength, and empathy, a bridge that will take us to the field Rumi spoke of:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.
Today this poem was published in the LA Times:
Where We Find Ourselves In memory of professor William Klug and the students of UCLA, 6-1-16
"small massacres" now — yes
it is true, this place where we find
we put up bluish
plastic chairs, angled desks
glassy projectors against the door
the door, yes — it is all
we scramble with our hands
up in the air & we, well wait
we wait to be that leaf outside
it still moves & this tree splintered
singing despite its scattered nectars
with all life at
the core of all things
& we are
this trembling world.
– Juan Felipe Herrera Poet Laureate of the United States
Today we still move, and sing, and live.
Today we can make a difference.