Arise! | The BridgeMaker


By on Mar 23, 2011

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love – Marcus Aurelius

The world is hurting.
Hopelessness is spoken
in every language right now.

We are hurting.
Devastation, despair,
conflict, pain
is felt in the in the aftershocks
caused by the earthquakes,
the hungry faces,
and the wars that just won’t end.

The world is hurting.
Faith is being covered
by landslides of grief so thick
it’s hard to recognize where it once lived.

We are hurting.
Bombs are falling.
Nuclear plants are failing.
Solid ground is giving way
to shifting sand.

The world is hurting.
It needs a lift, a boost;
a chance to see a glimpse of hope
through the ashes.

and pour out your kindness.
Let it fall down and wash away
the pain with its healing grace.

and pour out your faith.
Let it strengthen the weak
so they can clear the debris
and claim their homes again.

and pour out your love.
Kiss the souls of the brothers and sisters
who will be part of your family forever.

Raise your voice to tell
the world you are here.
Lift your eyes to see
what you can do.
Reach out to touch
your world.

The moment to show
your beautiful colors
is today.

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  • Noni

    Beautiful and inspiring. I will be sharing this with everyone I know. Thank you!

  • Dia

    Hi Alex,

    Very inspiring my friend. Each one of us is unique and we can help others be the best they can. Thanks for sharing Alex.

  • Hi Alex, the poem you shared is heartfelt and moving. You’re right, the world is hurting, people are hurting and needed to be healed. Your title ARISE really caught my attention because it was the second time I’ve encountered the word tonight with such a relevant meaning even to my own life. Just like the phoenix, we are being called to arise and become an inspiration to others who also want to come up from the ashes stronger, braver and more alive!

  • You are a compassionate soul, Alex. Thanks for expressing and sharing your heart this morning. It is a contribution to the healing.

  • Thanks so much for sharing your poetry and a little bit more of yourself with us Alex. I am so inspired by the way you ignored those pesky voices and not only wrote this but hit publish.

    My favourite bit is this:

    “Raise your voice to tell
    the world you are here.”

    I love that you’re doing that!