Honor the Dead

15 Apr
 
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Honor the dead you do not know
With kindness for the living you do.
 
The ribbons, pictures posted, crying eagles bring no one back.
Bring no comfort
Make no difference
They are the helpless hand-wringing of the powerless.
And you are not powerless.
 
Instead, honor the dead you do not know.
Wrap your prayers for them in tender mercies.
Undeserved forgiveness, unearned grace, unexpected generosity.
Lay these flowers on the ofrenda this dia de los Muertos.
 
Honor the wounded you do not know,
with healing words for the hurting in your path. 
Be gentle with the angry, patient with the frustrating
You are the only first responder they need.
 
You cannot change the whole world
But you can change yours.
 
 
 
 
 
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6 Responses to “Honor the Dead”

  1. Tori Johnson April 16, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    Your words are incredibly beautiful and impactful. Thank you for sharing this. My favorite lines…Wrap your prayers for them in tender mercies. Undeserved forgiveness, unearned grace, unexpected generosity.

  2. Judy Treat April 16, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    so true we can all find one or two people to honor today!!

  3. Daliene @ Adventure Fix April 16, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    I love that- You can change yours. 🙂 Thank you

  4. amylozanos@yahoo.com April 16, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    Dawn, no truer words have I read in the wake of tragedy. Great thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Phoenix May 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Very Impactful post, and what a great poem!

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