Before

Before all of this.

Before all the anger and fear, disharmony and divisiveness,
name calling and judgment.
Before all of this,
you were just you
and I was just me,
tiny sparks of life –
living.

Before all of this.

I must remember you before I met you,
before I heard of you, or read your Tweet.
I must remember you before I knew you,
before any labels of other, different or enemy could be applied –
and stick.

I must remember you before all of this,
when you were new to the world;
simply love in expression.

Before all of this.

If I can remember you then,
before all of this,
then I can love you before we meet.
If I can love you before we meet,
then I can find common ground, work peacefully for change, discuss rather than argue,
heal and forgive,
and love on,
after all of this.

So, for my sake and yours,
and for all those yet to come,
I will go back
and love you –
before all of this.
So that when we do meet,
and maybe disagree,
I will already know how to love you,
through all of this.

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Lynda Allen sees herself as a life in progress. Her personal mission is to be the purest expression of love that she can be. How that expresses is ever evolving and deepening. One of the profound ways that love moves through Lynda is in the form of words. She helps hearts to shift through sharing those writings and words. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Rest in the Knowing, Illumine and Wild Divinity, a novel, Sight to See, and a nonfiction book, The Rules of Creation. Through all of her creations, Lynda strives to inspire others to open their hearts and embrace their journey, both the dark and the light, with joy. You can follow Lynda on her blog.

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