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 Stories/Poems: You Rocked My World! (Thanks)

Peaceby Sherlyn Meinz

You Rocked My World! (Thanks)

It was 1968.
I was 15 as I walked by you,
so few, sitting with your signs
protesting the war
among the multitude of Nixon supporters
descending upon my hometown.

The sudden impact with Truth,
like running full-tilt into an invisible brick wall,
ripped the blinders from my eyes,
and they fell clattering to the ground.

Instead of squinting or scrambling
to quickly put them back on,
I looked around in wonder.
My eyes were open!

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Yet, the world I now saw
left me reeling in shock,
as I suddenly wondered:

How could
a "Christian" church
so enthusiastically sing
the "hymn" (?)
"Onward Christian Soldiers"
let alone condone wars?

How could a country
wage unending foreign wars,
and actually claim to be killing
in God's name
or Democracy's
or Freedom's?

I stepped on the blinders
as I stumbled away,
crushing them
in my rush to divest myself
of such horrific lies.

I was stunned and shocked
that I could ever have been
so completely oblivious
of such obvious Truth.

always looking behind and beneath
the things so many took for granted -
the false fronts, the lies -
I became a willing outcast,
being sighted
in the land of the blind.

All these decades later,
Truth so often remains a knife blade,
with eyes open.

And yet to keep standing,
even alone or against all odds,
to open another's eyes ...

What could be more fulfilling,
or say thank you more clearly,
to those who stood so long ago,
and unknowingly gave me Sight?

Now it is 2012, and as I look around
at what sometimes seems
a science fiction horror movie,
I see something growing again,
There appears to be a new Awakening!

So as I write to express
my heartfelt appreciation and thanks
for the priceless gift of Vision
I received so long ago,
I also joyfully embrace those
who have begun standing - Occupy!!!

Past and present,
You are all and always have been
My dearest heroes!
Peace! Love! and Many Blessings,

Sherlyn Meinz


This poem is a thank-you, and may be disseminated, reposted, or reprinted.


Sherlyn Meinz lives in Springfield, Vermont and has been standing for peace (and other things) for many years. She is the editor of the website, http://www.alienlove.com


[5 July 2012]

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