Where Are the Brave Ones / Poem by Linda B. Scanlan

Where Are the Brave Ones
 
Where are the brave ones
intrepid hearts
loud voices
unafraid to speak of peace
truth to power
railing against injustice
blind hatred
where are the four pillars of love…….
 
Where are the paragons
modeling the new way
to be human in this age and day
East meeting West
not clashing
conversing
dining together
at the table laden with plenty
where are the four pillars of love…….
 
What shall we bring
to the banquet you ask
no presents
your presence only
sing for us
that righteous song of freedom
let us hear the joyful sound
your voices in unison
where are the four pillars of love ….
 
Where are the midwives
birthing change
pulling truth from the canal of lies
truth – you say
what do philosophers say
I dare say
not much these days
listen to words of poets
there are the four pillars of love…..
 
Truth –
what takes root
in your magnanimous heart
do good
err on the side of kindness
give what you have
then some more
cast no judgment
be mindful of opinions
they are yours alone
let he without sin cast the first stone….
 
Truth
the look of hunger
in the eyes of a child
another empty belly
needing to be filled
truth
the look of the mother
her child ill
the orphan
who cries for her father
the refugee
whose home now
a no man’s land
where no comfort is given
truth it is
truth you want
can you handle it
gut wrenching
heart breaking
slippery
hard to grasp
takes deft hands
yours perhaps
where are the four pillars of love ….
 
Come –
sit by my side
I’ll give you
what I have
words of hope
savor these
take and eat your fill……
 
Come –
sit and rest here
no more tears
dance with joy
freedom is near
we are the four pillars of love……..
 
 
 
©Linda B. Scanlan, 2018
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