Live and Let Live…My Prayer for 2016

Arc De Triomphe, Paris, vintage photo effect. Steve Lubetkin Photo, Copyright ©2013. Used by permission. Arc De Triomphe, Paris, vintage photo effect. Steve Lubetkin Photo, Copyright ©2013. Used by permission.

I awoke to the morning news
As outrageous grief and fear grips an iconic city, any city, the world.

I see images reminiscent to days of old
That I am too young to know
Yet feel with riveting horror, as though I was there.
How did the modern world get here?

Our humankind lives in differences.
But enough to make them slaughter and not embrace our similarities?
I thought those days were over.
How wrong, how sad, how naive to think that atrocity is in the past.

Why can’t you leave us alone?
You live your beliefs and we’ll live our beliefs.
We aren’t intruding upon or trying to change you.
Can’t we all live as neighbors, in peace?

I don’t know how to explain to my grandchildren
How killing innocent people with different beliefs makes for a better world.
Do I carefully tell them that life seems to replicate the story over and over and over?
That just the dates, the names and weapons change.

Is there anything new under the sun?
PLEASE! LIVE AND LET LIVE!

 

 

 

 

About Sandra Taradash
As a Baby Boomer Bubbe who still feels 18 but has four grand kids to prove this is the 21 Century, Sandra writes to leave a legacy for the next generations. Her belief that these precious kids need to know their cultural and family's past in order for them to live their future is all the muse she needs! She has a Master's Degree in Psychology and Cross Cultural studies, has written a family history, personal memoir and is completing her first novel. Her grandmother's journey to America and life is her source for her deep belief and love for Judaism.

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