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Out of the clamor of chaos and killing
comes the whisper of clarity and birth.
Out of the demonic devastation of war and hate
ripples the holy reconstruction of promise and peace.

Transformation of any society is never simple.
Changing thought process from shackles of dogmatic credo
to serenity, equanimity and moral certitude
is always complicated by fear and panic mongering
by those who would take advantage of instability
to fortify their own narrow, inflexible, pincer-like agenda,
drive a blood-stained stake into the child’s heart of hope.

Out of black and darkened storm clouds
flows the liquid gift of growth.
Out of cracks and breaks of life’s mistakes
pours the reception of perfection.

February 4, 2011
Woodstock, New York