The Song of Humanity (we’ve been here before)

I’ve been here before
Over a decade ago
I stood in
Lower Manhattan at
The source of
Pain and
Confusion and
Suffering and
Despair and
From it
We fell to
Rise again…

We fell to
Rise again and
I’ve been here
Before…

I stood at
Ground zero as
Smoke
Lifted to
The sky
Cutting through
Smoldering
Steel beams
Raised
Out stretched in
A cross to
Represent
Peace for
The living and
Rest for
The dead

I’ve been here before…

I will
Never forget
The moment
My feet
Touched
Pavement and
Truth
Entered
My heart

And as
I witnessed
Bakeries
Turned into
Make shift
Med clinics and
Buildings as
Dust
I was
Awakened to
The depth of
Suffering
We induce as
Human
Beings
I felt
The suffering
And I
Became
We…

I am we and
We’ve been here before…

And as we
Watched life and
Limb being lost in
Boston as
A marathon
Tradition was
Scorched by
Bombs and
Brothers being
Without
Heart and
Full of
Fear I have to ask…

How many times
Will we
Stand in
Our sorrow on
The cold
Pavement that
Stretches to
Meet
Destruction in
Rubble and
Devastation of
Human heart and
Life?

How many times
Do hopes and
Dreams and
Tears
Have to
Fall?

How many times
Do we
Have to
Suffer
The collective
Loss of
Life of
Home of
Family of
Past and
Present and
Future potential to
Be at our
Best in
Community in
Love with
All life?

How many times
Will we
Keep coming
Together to
Lift up
What others
Tear down—
Our soul
Our spirit
The spirit of
Humanity?

How many times
Will peace
Be broken
Split into
Two?

Your peace.

My peace.

In peace
I stand

In peace
You stand

No.
In peace we
Stand

In peace we
Stand as
One
Lifting up
The heart of
Humanity and
Together we
Say…
No more.

No more
Will we
Live in
This division

No more
Will we
Let our
Collective
Heart be
The source of
Our darkest days

No more
Will we
Avenge
The violence and
Suffering
Inflicted on
Us and
By us with
More violence
Only to
Create even
More suffering
Perpetuating
More violence

No.
We’ve been here before.
We fell to
Rise again…

We are
The light of
Goodness

And at
Times
Fear may
Blind our
Eyes to
The beauty of
Goodness but
It doesn’t
Deafen our
Ears to
Sounds of
Love

In love
Fear is
Mute

We are
The light of
Goodness

And we
Sing in
Our hearts
The song of
Healing
Love

Listen in
Love

Hear
The melody of
The divine

Hear
The morning
Call of
Humanities
Greatest
Hour

Hear
The moment when
Dawn cracks
Open
The deep
Blackness of
Our sorrow with
One
Single
Ray of
Light

This light
Brings
The sounds of
A new day for
Us all to
Hear

This light
Lifts us
Up just
When we
Begin to
Doubt in
The darkness of
Our suffering
Nights

But darkness
Can’t silence
Love.

It can
Take our
Sight for
A moment

And for
A moment
We may
Dream
The worst but
It can’t
Stop us from
Hearing
The love
The love song of
The human heart
Hear and
Sing along

Hear and
Sing along like
The morning bird
Feeling
The rising light of
The horizon in
It’s deep
Breathing chest
Beating
Its heart to
The desire of
Life to
Renew its
Purpose by
Being the
Song of
The sky

Sing along…

Be in
The purpose of
Peace
Be in
The purpose of
Love
Be in
The purpose of
Community
And see
This new day as
A call to
Renew our
Collective
Purpose to
Love one
Another in
The light of
This day of
This truth…
We are
One people
And we are
Suffering together.

Let us heal together.

Because we’ve been here before

And we will rise again.

Let us rise in
The light as
One people
One love and
One peaceful
Human race.

No more
Will we
Inflict
Suffering on
Each other

From this day
Forward
Let us
Never come
Back here
Again.

No more.

No more
Will we
Let our
Collective
Heart be
The source of
Our darkest days

This is our heart song…

The love song of
The human heart

Hear and sing along

Hear
The morning
Call of
Humanities
Greatest
Hour…

Hear and sing along.

This is our
Heart song to
Be at peace with
One another

This is our
Heart song to
Love one another

This is our
Heart song to
Heal one another

Hear and sing along.

Because this can be
Our greatest hour

Hear and sing along…

We have awoken.

This is our new day.

Hear and sing the song of humanity
It has a melody of love.

Hear and
Sing along…

We are the song of humanity
We are the song of love.

And I love each and every one of you…

Because
I am we
And we
Are one.

Hear and sing along.

CL April 2013

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