(as close as i can get to assignment)
We have eyes on the cosmos
and broadcast messages into the void.
But we have yet to abandon fear’s
unhealthy spawn: Greed and Hatred.
Those under their spell ravage the planet
while defining us as civilized…as if!
If only more followed love’s children:
Understanding and Compassion.
Those that do accomplish much
cultivating food for body and soul.
Millions still malnourished, suffering
but hopefully a few less daily.
Most of us spend some time with each pair
That fear’s fraternal twins, Flight and Fight,
have saved us often from real dangers,
can, understandably, confuse some.
But if we can embrace our own shadow selves,
perhaps we can also embrace each other’s.
© efbarmore 2015