Love Letter to Planet Earth

 

Let Us Live In Love Peace Paradise On Earth – Poem by Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

teaching the lesson
love heals
is a difficult task
for adults to absorb,
adults taught punishment
examples not tolerance
in early entire childhood
behavioural control upbringing

the stick the rod taught
harsh discipline might
is right not who is right

let us live in love peace
paradise on earth
does not light
overcome dispel darkness
love is light
waiting to come
into all lives
in all societies

open the heart
sow love
compassion
healing
into the world
break centuries
millennia cycles
of intolerance pain

inflicted

agony

let love rule the world
embrace the beauty of love

Copyright © Terence George Craddock

 

Rage for the Light!

RAGE FOR THE LIGHT

Dreams of Orstraya Outback

And towns like Kalgoorlie, Western Australia,

where once gold fever ran molten along the streets and

where now the gold Super Pit operates 24 hours a day

coughing up the ore of dreams, lost hopes and nightmares.

Where men are men,

and women are skimpy barmaids, topless or in transparent lingerie,

or whores tucked away in Hay Street where you can go

And watch the women sitting in brothel windows.

Kalgoorlie – where the wide streets and heritage hotels

Hide the underbelly of this outback gold-mining town:

where a white man can run over and kill an Aboriginal boy

  – Joshua Doughty, 14 –

in a Nissan Navara SUV, because he believed the motorbike

Doughty was riding had been stolen from his home.

A white man gets sentenced to a pathetic three years in jail

by an all-white jury

and may be released just 18 months – 18 measly, pathetic months –

after taking the life of a son, grandson, friend to many,

because he’s got black skin.

That’s what is okay in Kalgoorlie – kill a child because a possession is worth

More than Elijah’s life.

The killer’s not alone in a town notorious for its racism:

A leaflet out the Kalgoorlie train station reads in large, red writing:

“If a thief was to steal my motorbike, I would run him down with my Nissan Navara”.

It then added “cull a thief day, justice is served”.

In this town swirling with the wealth of gold dust, a possession is worth more

Than a child’s life.

A black child’s life, that is.

Goddamn it, that child had the right to a life – to live, to laugh, to play,

To sing, to dance, to have a future, to be loved by his family.

Not to be crushed under an SUV for the sake of a thing, a possession.

Because when possessions outweigh human life

– a black kid’s life –

A society is sick, rancid and heartless.

Remember Joshua  Doughty!

A pox on racism. A pox on racists.

Rage against the darkness of hate.

Rage for the light of tolerance and love of humanity,

For a better, kinder, loving world.

The Starship of Love

 

THE STARSHIP OF LOVE

1. UK

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.

Nothing done.

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

2. America

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,

solidarity,

Rising up!

Shining our Light!

WE WILL BE INVINCIBLE!

Together!

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.

 

“I Have a Dream”

In the Wake of Martin Luther King Day

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“The tensions are not between the races, but between the forces of justice and injustice; between the forces of light and darkness.”

                                                                        – Martin Luther King

 

Psalms 15

Lord, who can be trusted with power,
and who may act in your place?
Those with a passion for justice,
who speak the truth from their hearts;
who have let go of selfish interests
and grown beyond their own lives;
who see the wretched as their family
and the poor as their flesh and blood.
They alone are impartial
and worthy of the people’s trust.
Their compassion lights up the whole earth,
and their kindness endures forever.

(A Book of Psalms, translations by Stephen Mitchell)

 

The Power of Love Rising

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.