walls fall down

small beloved that I love
with my small body and soul
come in the yard and play with me
walls fall down

big Beloved that I love
that is all inside and out
come outside and play with me
walls fall down

small beloved that I love
you don’t love me back
I will love you anyhow
walls fall down

big Beloved that I love
loves me back no matter what
my heart opens like a door
walls fall down

small beloved that I love
blessings on your life
I will long to see your face
walls fall down

big Beloved that I love
let all walk in peace
loving kindness, safe and free
walls fall down

 

I took the photograph in Portland, Oregon. Walls… but this wall is around a school that is being rebuilt and the fence is to keep people out of the construction site, safe, and to protect the machinery and supplies for the repair. How do we balance safety and freedom, growth and kindness?

2 thoughts on “walls fall down

  1. Very good questions that you raise there. Learning how to fall is perhaps a step to freedom, growth and kindness? Freedom: learning how to be safe means freedom from fear. Growth: learning how to do it better next time. Kindness: knowing that it hurts could contribute to empathy and compassion.

    • drkottaway says:

      It’s not static: it’s a balance and we have to be ready to change in a thoughtful way without just reacting out of fear or anger….

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