Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fireblossom Friday: Another You

I'm accepting Fireblossom's Friday
 at Imaginary Garden and Real Toads with this post.

The challenge is, "What would you do if you came face to face with the other you?"

Normally, I take the higher, happier road for my posts.  The less tragic, or politically correct road, but in the aftermath of yesterday, my heart and soul is consumed for all of the passengers on the Malaysia airplane from Amsterdam, and all of their loved ones.


Would soar higher
than eagles 
upon Superwoman wings
to the highest peak
bursting weak
and bullying folk
once and for all.

Killing is not a myth
it's reality
by selfishly weak
 feeble of heart.

Was it planned?
On the birthday eve of
one so brave
a Man
 as Nelson Mandela?

ruthlessly blown to bits
in our very own heaven above.
The cruelest of tricks.

MY other me
wouldn't quietly sit
and useless
and party hearty 
on the good (alive) life before me,
by not
 fighting back.

No, if I dare to 
come face to face
with my other me
it would not stand 


Happy Birthday to you, Nelson..... may your goodness shine through all of us evermore.

Thank you, for stopping by, may happiness reign upon us all.


noexcuses said...

Very eloquently put! My heart aches, as well! Thank you for expressing your feelings, many of which are shared today.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The world needs more Nelson Mandelas.

humbird said...

Very passionate!

Kerry O'Connor said...

It really saddened me that there should be such a high death toll in war zones this week of Mandela's first posthumous birthday. If nothing else, the struggle continues and the message is, Don't give up.

richard said...

yes, but it hurts to fall.
the less we fall,
the less it hurts.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I'm glad you wrote about this. I gaze at the tv screen these days with utter discouragement. Madness is happening everywhere. Bravo for your strong poem!


What a blessing this was for me to read today. Touching, full of thought, and beautifully written.

High 5.

JJ said...

Karen: One of the reasons I love your blog so much is the positivity you express. Most of my life I refused to be anything but positive. In fact, when I first began blogging, I often stated, "I am never negative." While that is mostly true, the past few years have given rise to events that compel me to worry about my family and friends like never before.

The world is growing more bitter. I believe there is hope, but we desperately need the change we never received. Nelson Mandela is a tough act to follow, but that is the kind of individual the world needs in a leadership role. Absent that kind of role model, I fear incidents like that of yesterday will continue. All I would ask my mirror image to do is keep trying to remain positive.

Jim said...

Though the Karen we see is not Superwoman, she is that person in heart. Now we know her other self, it she appeared would be Superwoman.
Thank you for letting me read you noble thoughts,

Filip and Kristel said...

Good to remember him.


Hannah said...

Such power in this post and beautiful remembrance as well. We can learn to Love...I like that a lot. ♥

Cloudia said...

Your spirit, like his, kindles mine, Karen. Thank you

ALOHA from Honolulu
=^..^= <3

Alexia said...

This thoughtful and caring post demonstrates the Karen we see everytime you share your positivity with us. Thank you.

(You have included one of my favourite quotes - "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin..." What a blessing to have been alive at the same time as Mandela.)

Karen S. said...

Absolutely. What a wonderful world it would be. :)

Karen S. said...

So true. Well said.

Karen S. said...

Thank you!

Karen S. said...

Good to hear from you JJ! I always appreciate your dear and wise comments. Peace for all of us, everywhere.

Karen S. said...

We can! I do believe!

Karen S. said...

Thanks so much Alexia! I so agree with his thoughtful, caring nature. In times like this his quotes offer hope for all.

Karen S. said...

If we all join together the road to peace becomes so much shorter!

Susie Clevenger said...

Yes, I think the other me would have a similar response. Powerful piece! I too wonder about the coincidence of the date.

hedgewitch said...

It would take super powers I think, to straighten out these tragedies that seem to be daily occurrences these days. But here's to the Other Self who ceaselessly tries.

Fireblossom said...

I've been thinking a lot, lately, about just how much suffering in the world is caused deliberately for one reason or another. It's sobering and maddening.

Thanks for writing so passionately for my challenge!

Magaly Guerrero said...

" Cowards

Gail said...

Well said. A great tribute.

Filip and Kristel said...

He was an inspiration. I once met the person who was responsible for his release from prison.


aspiritofsimplicity said...

well put. It is impossible to imagine the tragedies that we live with. The atrocities that we commit against one another...