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The Big Heart
wide as a watermelon,
but wise as birth,
there is so much abundance
in the people I have:
Max, Lois, Joe, Louise,
Joan, Marie, Dawn,
Arlene, Father Dunne,
and all in their short lives
give to me repeatedly,
in the way the sea
places its many fingers on the shore,
again and again
and they know me,
they help me unravel,
they listen with ears made of conch shells,
they speak back with the wine of the best region.
They are my staff.
They comfort me.
They hear how
the artery of my soul has been severed
and soul is spurting out upon them,
bleeding on them,
Messing up their clothes,
dirtying their shoes.
And God is filling me,
though there times of doubt
as hollow as the Grand Canyon,
still God is filling me
He/she is giving me the thoughts of dogs,
the spider inits intricate web,
in all its amazement,
and a slain ram
that is the glory,
the mystery of great cost,
and my heart,
which is very big,
I promise it is very large,
a monster of sorts,
takes it all in—
all in comes the fury of love.
“Too many things are occurring for even a big heart to hold”
—From an essay by W. B. Yeats
This is a human rights post.
Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:
PHANG NGA Thailand
(Reuters) – When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, “I’ll see you soon.” He said he expected to return that evening.
He never did.
When he reported for work at a house on the outskirts of Teknaf, a man there gave him a drink of water. Soon, his eyelids sagged and his head started spinning.
When he awoke, it was dark. He had lost all sense of time. Two Bangladeshi men then forced him and seven others onto…
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Originally posted on belsbror:
It was cloudy at noon with no forecast of rain. Another Monday was nearly half finished though not to everyone’s liking: a suspected long power outage was about to wreck havoc to normal educational activities.
Liza looked out the grounds to find a spot where she could be alone to write the rough draft of her report. She noticed a girl standing up from a nearby bench, leaving another with earphones on her ears.
Erika saw her coming. Though she never intended to have a chat with someone, she needed a sounding board about her dilemma whether to tell Leyla or not that his brother was in love with her. A stranger could give her an unbiased advice.
“Can I sit here?”
Erika nodded, sizing her up, trying to decide whether to tell her what’s on her mind.
“Can I ask you something?”
They laughed at the coincidence of them asking the same question at the same time.
“Go ahead,” Erika said, confident now she found a confidant of sorts.
“I like this guy, who keeps…
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Originally posted on Chocolate Vent:
Matters of the heart have long been fodder for TV plots, from soap operas to dramas to reality fare. But a new spate of shows is blatantly tackling the touchy topic of cheating.
And like the Facebook status says: It’s complicated.
Grace is cheating on Neil and so Neil cheats on Grace — but they love each other — in USA’s new drama Satisfaction. On FX’s Married, a hapless Russ is comically struggling with his sex life with wife Lina. (Both shows air Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT) And now Showtime is prepping an intense drama set to debut in October called The Affair.
“A generation ago, you never talked about having an affair. Then Oprah got us all talking about these things. And now that we’re all talking, the next step is we’re living things out more and less afraid — and TV’s catching up,” says…
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Originally posted on charles1958:
Baha’i scriptures, from the words of Baha’ullah; in: The peace Bible; words from the great traditions.traditions. Los Angelles Kalimat Press, !986, p.115.
It is incumbent upon every man of insight and understanding to strive to translate that which hath been written into reality and action… That one indeed is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race. … It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.