“align yourself”

"align yourself, and live in ways
  that will bring order to your days -"
  advice that some might follow, if
  the world allowed us to

  but only in the things we make
  does chaos, and its constant ache,
  find any easing in our minds;
  just simple things we do --

    to make some sense of what's beyond
    the furthest truth that we can know;
    an antifragile entropy
    to which our efforts all must go

  so paint with lines of love, and see
  the colors of humanity;
  align yourself with hope, and be
  an ordered shape,
  yet always
  
  free

Shades of Heart

We spoke, right after you had been

Assailed by hateful bigotry,

And though you had much good to tell,

The other part still stayed with me

 

So color: when we all are small

We learn them, pick our favorite ones –

It’s everywhere, in this, the same

Among our daughters and our sons

 

But what is it makes people fade,

And play the haters baneful part?

Why does skin color matter more

Than all the shades

Of heart?

tell me the truth –

tell me the truth and help me see
the world somewhere outside of me

tell me the lies that make you smile
and soothe me – for a little while –

tell me a tale that just sounds right
that gets me through another night —

just tell me how and where and when
this emptiness fills up
again