Not Enemies

Today is the 10th anniversary of the tragic events at Columbine High School that changed our lives and the lives of our children.   And yet many things have not changed.  I offer you this poem that I ran across in my meanderings as our meditation for the day.

 

Vikki Luce

 

Not enemies

 

"We are not enemies

though parents told us so

 

We are not enemies

though they taught us so at school

 

We are not enemies

just because the pulpit insists

 

We are not enemies

though strangers toss epithets

 

We are not enemies

though even love goes sour

 

We are not enemies

just because we can't contain our pain

 

We are not enemies

though we meet short of our sameness,

the best of each of us lives in the other.

 

If we can forgive ourselves

we can forgive anyone."

 

~ Stephen Levine, from his collection of poems, “Breaking the Drought: Visions of Grace”

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