Whispering Farewell

A delusion of invincibility
reflects the indifference
(a prodigy of fear)
to the viral menace wafting
over the surface of all peoples.

Each life is precious
yet like the dervish moth
circling the candle’s flame,
a burst of radiance
…we are gone.

Love and forgiveness
are forged in the
furnace of the heart.

Peel away the heart’s armor,

walk on searing coals.

Be outrageous.

Tell someone “I love you.”

Ask for forgiveness

before whispering

as pestilence
bores into the lungs
of your beloved and neighbor.

David was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 35 years before the publication of his first collection of poems, “A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames.” He continues to write poetry and makes presentations on poetry of Eastern and Western Mystics and leads poetry workshops as a faculty member of OLLI College at the University of Southern Maine. David is a regular contributor to Kind Over Matter. David plays the “Shakuhachi,” a Japanese bamboo flute used in Zen Buddhist meditation and celebration. He combines his flute music with poetry readings. He has taught Tibetan and Western poetry to Buddhists monks at Sera Jhy Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in South India. He earned his Master of Theology and Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology degrees from Boston University. You can contact David via email or follow him on his website.

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