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How Deeply Does Love Reach?

Eve West Bessier                                                                                                            June 4, 2020               

How Deeply Does Love Reach?

“Let love show you its reach.”

         Stewart S. Warren

How deeply does love reach?

Does it turn into heat and reach into a frozen heart,

thawing all that threatens to break as ice will break,

turning all into that which flows as water will flow?

Does it turn into music and reach the deafened ear,

reminding it to listen when listening is difficult,

and rendering a reality of a new harmony?

Does it turn into understanding and reach into fallible prejudice,

showing the similar outweighs the unknown different,

bringing the realization of ultimate kinship attested to by our evolution?

Does it turn into sand so that outmoded structures can collapse,

hardened hierarchies crumble in the face of new faces,

of women, of peoples of color, of youth and vibrant destinies?

Does it turn into wind so that resistance is made futile,

and acquiescence is liberty to be authentically real,

genuinely vulnerable, able to change and grow perpetually?

Does it turn into light and reach beyond the closed doors of a mind,

opening darkened corners of thought to alternative vistas

that clear all stagnant pools of stubborn, self-centered angst?

Does it turn into a promise that weaves its probability of freedom

through every fear, every act of violence, every shout of anger,

and softens every pharaoh’s heart into a potential for humility?

Does it reach deeply enough to touch us with our own divinity?

Does it reach deeply enough to heal us with our own highest consciousness?

Does it reach deeply enough to create of us an enlightened race of humans

who choose to live as one species, as one family, as one diverse yet united tribe?

It does!

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.

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