(Written for my art students at Howard Street Charter School, 2012)
The color of your heart is deep and wide–
It gathers all around me
And fills my days with laughter rich
And teaches me to be
More colorful myself, spilling all
My deepest hues
(Those I tend to hide inside)
Instead of showing them, like you.
Together we can paint the world to
Create a masterpiece
Of love and harmony and then
Our world can be at peace.
(a poem written for my students in 2011, after news of a school shooting incident)
Four walls around us protect
Not only from the elements,
But from the ‘Out There’;
In here, there are no monsters;
Hydras, Chimeras, Griffins
and Dragons, STAY OUT!
There is a bubble around
Us–we are safe and sound.
Even if you pound, pound, pound,
We won’t worry because
In this room no monsters
Roam; we shine in this room.
There is disorder:
No one can understand why we are loved
when we are so unlovable.
Love flows unceasing, nonetheless.
It is deeper and wider and more permanent
than anything we can fathom.
A lawlessness of love governs:
where there is unkindness,
there is forgiveness;
free of judgement, love comes down
and surrounds each one of us–
whether we are ready or not.
There is a wildness in this love–a wideness and permanence
that grows around each of us and so softens the brambles of our humanity.