Whose rights?

When you get up
And when you stand up
And when you speak your truth
with the assertiveness of empathy
there, in the scores of the people
Germinates a response
ability.

Conscience calls
Integrity falls
Grappling perfection in the warp and in the weft of the theft of the soul of the land.
Whose land?
Whose land do you speak of?
Is it the land of the betrayed of the promise?
Is it the skull of the rejected?
Is it the heart of the excluded poisoned by disregard,
contaminated with the virus of desire
betrayed yet again by impermanence
to go on
to continue
to respond to nature and be there tomorrow.

Whose rights?
Is it the earth, the place of life?
Is it the animals dominated by humans?
Which species’ matter?
Whose responsibility counts?

The times, they have changed
Power and lies
Rife
Trust and compassion are commodity
Ownership and oppression fight for territory
Surrounded by the laws of land
justice is legal
retributive incarceration,
an eye for an eye doesn’t restore that which is broken

Is forgiveness weakness?
Is listening a courageous act?
Can we risk living with the reality
that for you to have your rights respected and enshrined,
I must take responsibility for how I treat you?
How about me and my rights?
Will you take responsibility for ensuring them?

Whose rights?

Who are you?

Who am I?

In the spiral of the storm
sees the eye of peacefulness.

Do you have the wisdom to be vulnerable and strong
with fierce peacefulness that stands against bullies
who have undermined for far too long?

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2 Responses to Whose rights?

  1. Mischa Ipp says:

    Wow. I can feel the power and passion. The fire. There were moments that felt like broken glass. But all from the aching soul of a good person, with bloodshot eyes, leaning in to god, begging to do good.

    Shoo! That was the imagery that came to me!

    On Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 5:41 AM Ethical Conversation ~ Fierce Peacefulness wrote:

    > nadiipp posted: “When you get up And when you stand up And when you speak > your truth with the assertiveness of empathy there, in the scores of the > people Germinates a response ability. Conscience calls Integrity falls > Grappling perfection in the warp and in the weft of t” >

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    • nadiipp says:

      Indeed indeed ‘broken’ shards of the soul, struggling for fairness, justice, compassion, trust, peace. ‘Bloodshot eyes’ – my passion is with flow though …

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