THE STARSHIP OF LOVE
Parliament House scaffolding
In Westminster. Erected fast and efficiently.
Plenty of money and action for politicians’ halls
to be prettified.
Grenfell Tower – Blackened, ruined shell
Stretching silent, black agony to the skies.
Victims? Where? No voice for the blackened bones
contorted in agony, clutching phones transmitting love to
family, loved ones, friends as death approached.
Forgotten. Airbrushed to invisibility.
Live victims/survivorsf – shadows in the cupboards.
Shame hidden under silence.
Not in our names.
Time to shine our light:
We are One World. One Family. One Starship of Love
Dead schoolchildren, teachers shot to pieces,
Money for more guns, none for teachers or
Families shredded by monstrous murders.
Brave survivors betrayed by blood-soaked
Political leaders dancing in the millions of dollars
Donated by the murderous National Rifle Association.
Not in our names.
Time to shine our Light:
We are One World. One Family. One Starship of Love.
3. The World
Suicide bombers in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.
US drones dropping murder from a distance.
Tortured bodies – babies, children, parents, sisters, brothers,
Aunts, uncles, grandparents: laid out in rows in Syria from the bombs
Of Russia, the US, Turkey, Assad.
Gaza – Palestinian families, starving, water denied, bombs from screaming jets
Funded for Israel by the US armaments machine.
Black men lined up in slave markets in Libya, silent,
Terrified, dreams of freedom shredded.
Not in our Names.
Shine our Light:
We are one world. One family. One Starship of Love.
4. The Flight of The Starship of Love
Not in the name of us lovers: we care, we are not separate.
We dream of our brothers and sisters,
Of humanity united, standing together,
Woven together by the starry web spun by the galactic forces,
dropping like gossamer clouds to imbue us with oneness.
We are not the separate, selfish parts of a fractured world.
We who love, who care, who see ourselves as part of the star song of
Our united humanity,
baby boomers, generation X, millenials
we stand together/united as we
link arms, hearts, souls
To build the Starship of Love,
Hearts enfolding each other into a great march of humanity,
Building long tables of resistance, compassion, love,
equality, tolerance, open arms,
Shining our Light!
WE WILL BE INVINCIBLE!
Last week I saw a message posted on Facebook claiming that Muslim parents at a Maryborough School in Australia (unclear whether in Queensland or Victoria) had demanded that pork be removed from the schools’ menu along with a strident response from a council official. It was a hoax, originally perpetuated in Belgium, then re-phrased in various countries to reflect the local circumstances.
I saw people up in arms and indignant about this so-called demand, with no effort made to check whether it was true or not. I saw something similar a while back which claimed to have been written by the Prime Minister of Canada/Australian Prime Minster Rudd and Prime Minister Gillard. So easy to believe the worst of those of Islamic faith without bothering to check the truth.
These circulars are written by hateful people trying to stir discord and prejudice, which is disgraceful in itself. But just as sad is the fact that people rise to the bait and circulate these hoaxes without even bothering to check facts, because it appeals to their prejudices. Even worse, when it’s pointed out that these messages are hoaxes, too many people say it accords with their beliefs and won’t delete what are basically lies – just like the lies peddled every day by Trump in the United States.
At a time when all too many are trying to foment divisions between various sections of society, the reality is that together – Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, people with different sexual choices, the poor, the marginalised, the disadvantaged, the middle classes – we are far more powerful than the forces which try to divide and rule.
This sort of hatred and division led to the horrors of the Third Reich, World War 2 and concentration camps. I believe that those of us with good faith, embracing love, compassion, tolerance and truth can do far better than the hate-mongers. We can speak truth and love, we can hear truth and love, we can live truth and love.
This is what you should do:
Love the earth and sun and animals,
despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants,
argue not concerning God,
have patience and indulgence toward the people…
reexamine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,
dismiss what insults your very soul,
and your flesh shall become a great poem.
~ Walt Whitman ~
(Excert from Preface to 1855 edition, Leaves of Grass)
Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence
the joy of growth
the splendor of action
the glory of power.
For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day….
~ ancient Sanskrit poem ~
I created this from an image of an estuary in an area affected by pollution. I reversed the image and added the colours above to contribute to earth healing from pollution.
And to add to the joy quotient, a clip from the film “Strictly Ballroom” followed by “Love is in the Air”, also used in the movie.