Many Things Are Going On: By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar
The usual things are going on in many places.
War, hate, and killing of enemies
in order to love, protect, and nurture our own.
Inflicting punishment on others
yet remaining free of consequences
is not possible for us
as human beings or nations;
for the revenge that brings joy
also brings grief.
This is the nature of our suffering,
that we believe our sorrows are more precious
than the tears of our enemies.
The story of life is written on the faces
of both the watching and the watched.
Paralysis provides the context
for the breaking news stories on the dinner table.
It does not help that our fingers
cannot touch across the television screens
and the eyes cannot meet to offer consolation.
Guilt serves as a buffer for one
for the other, hope underlies fear.
Closure is never at hand in this sphere of duality.