Light a Candle: Embrace the Paradox of Love

This is the poem I read after the service at the #UUNOLA Unitarian church, and the Minister said, “Never come back here! You are out of order!” Another man tried to shove me out the door (he later apologized). Maybe the #UUNOLA is not so much into peace love and forgiveness? Regardless, this is a poem as a candle and witness. Roar your truth. Speak and act against the gun violence. Fearlessly speak your truth.
 
“LIGHT A CANDLE: Embrace the Paradox of Love”
 
Florida and the nation is ablaze with anger,
candles, and prayers… I add my candles
and prayers for the victims.
 
And, I light a candle for
Nikolas Cruz the shooter.
 
I light a candle for souls
twisted in pain and delusion,
For the hundreds and thousands
more driven to despair —
held in the terror of their madness.
I light a candle for their pain
 
It is so easy to hate
those held with hate.
It is too easy to love,
those bound with kindness.
 
But how do we love
the hateful?
 
How do we embrace
the hated and
hold them in the arms
of possibility?
 
How do we love that which
we find
the most odious,
detestable,
and repulsive?
 
How do we find
our way back to love?
How do we embrace
the enigma and
paradox of love?
 
namaya art rat

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