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The Peace Jungle is 21

Posted on June 25, 2017 with 0 comments
The Peace Jungle is turning
21, has finally come of age
After what once seemed like
Endless adolescent crises
The music had become
Passion without discipline
The religion had become
Discipline without passion
Finally diagnosed, the
Underlying disease
Struts loud and proud
Emotional illiteracy
Good does not mean
Troubles never arise.
Good address evil in
Accordance with its truth
So musical passion is now
Learning academic discipline
And religious discipline soars
In the passion of its ritual
The Peace Jungle is 21
All grown up and leaving
Home, perhaps to start
A Forest of its own.
Copyright 2017 Hassaun Ali Jones-Bey

The Forest

Posted on June 25, 2017 with 0 comments
I have been blessed
To receive love from
Elders, siblings, cousins,
Spouses, children, friends,
Neighbors, and strangers
Challenging and teaching me,
With unyielding persistence
To give love in return
Love is not a feeling, of
Which there are but four:
Joy, anger, grief, and fear
So we are told, and if
Love cannot be just one,
Then love must be all four
Musically harmonizing drama,
Drumming, dance, and song
Feelings of course are
Countless, dancing ‘round
Life’s circles, limbo-ing
Beneath four cardinals--
Sunrise, noon, sunset, and
Midnight; birth, maturity,
Old age, and death--guiding
Us to Forest though the trees
Forest is the love of course
Source of us and all we need,
Source of challenges to grow
In love, to return home, where
Passion marries discipline, locked
In eternal conflict ‘til revealed
At last, as left and right of
Love, without Whom none exist.
Copyright 2017 Hassaun Ali Jones-Bey

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