Category Archives: poetry

Once the World Was Perfect

by Joy Harjo Once the world was perfect, and we were happy in that world.Then we took it for granted.Discontent began a small rumble in the earthly mind.Then Doubt pushed through with its spiked head.And once Doubt ruptured the web,All … Continue reading

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Life

by Rabindranath Tagore (Poet) I shall not ever easily forget, My heart shall fill up with life, Even in death, lies hidden That endless life In the lightning and thunder, your flute plays, But that is no ordinary tune, I … Continue reading

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We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical (2020)

by Amy Schatz, Diane Kolyer, Sara Rodriguez (Producers) Meditation & Movie Awakin Circle Every year in Oakland, CA, hundreds of pre-K through 12th grade students compete in the Martin Luther King Oratorical Festival, performing a mix of published and original … Continue reading

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Meteor Shower

by Clint Smith I read somewhere that meteor showersare almost always named after the constellations from whichthey originate. It’s funny, I think, how even the universe is telling usthat we can never get too far from the place that created … Continue reading

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The Cave

by Paul Tran Someone standing at the mouth had the idea to enter. To go further   than light or language could go. As they followed the idea, light and language followed   like two wolves—panting, hearing themselves panting. A … Continue reading

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I Hope

by Resistance Revival Chorus, Meah Pace How could we ever come to this to say Our lives do not matter and justice has no face To steady war and anger burns the fabric of our state sends a message to … Continue reading

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Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud

by Dr. Maya Angelou There is an African American song 19th Century, which,  is so great.  It says: “when it looked like the sun wasn’t shining anymore, God put a rainbow in the clouds” Imagine!  I’ve had so many rainbows … Continue reading

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Earth Touching

by Thich Nhat Hanh Here is the foot of a tree.Here is an empty, quiet place.Here is a small sitting cushion.Here is the cool green of the grass.My child, why don’t you sit down? Sit upright.
Sit with solidity.
Sit in peace.
Don’t … Continue reading

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Kindness is Free

by Olutayo Ifedayo Victor No one noticed or even cared when the richest man in my community died. Everyone went about their normal way of life. It was as if nothing had happened at all. On the day of his … Continue reading

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Just a Garden Away: A Song About Returning to the Basics

By Aaron & Chaya Ableman Song offered by Aaron to Awakin Oakland on April 16, 2020. If the earth can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!So, what else to do but build a garden?Raising our youth in a bed of soil and … Continue reading

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