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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