We have been reminded too viscerally
of the existence of evil,
of the corrosive effects of anger and hatred.
There are unfortunate pockets of darkness
where compassion, joy, and goodwill
cannot seem to reach.
All we can do is shine our light,
radiate love like a beacon
in that darkness.
Be the change needed in the world.
Say the Metta.
Be the Metta.
To do otherwise
Do it for the children.
The ones lost to senseless violence everywhere.
The victims of ethnic, political, and religious conflict.
The sex trade slaves.
The ones without hope.
Let your light shine ceaselessly.