The winds of ill-will pervade,
and life in protection becomes a fortress,
we, so battered by disdain,
surround ourselves with walls impenetrable,
for fear our enemies prevail
and we suffer under their unwanted reign.
In our response to protect our lives,
we judge and conspire to rid ourselves
of these offensive souls,
and in that cause we become as they,
winds of ill-will,
and the cycle goes on ad infinitum.
No matter who begins this process,
how can it resolve when retaliation
steps up the battle,
when we lower ourselves to the negative,
in a stance of pride, ego and superiority,
yet we are doing as they, under guise.
Hatred is a malevolent virus,
one that captures us and in response propagates,
stirs within us the same negativism
that we recognize in affront,
yet instead of letting go the stirring,
we hold it and replicate.
It is difficult to ignore attack,
but if we don’t let it pass in separation,
we become no better than our foe, and
if we cannot forgive a misguided soul,
choose not to engage,
then we simply create conflict, in equal measure.
The escalation of conflict is by response,
and that is so often fed by ego,
the indignation a reflex of dire consequence,
for conflict creates nothing but conflict,
and understanding nothing but positive intent,
to find peace and offer kindness to placate malice.
Blame is no legitimate process,
as consequence come from our actions,
whether understood or not,
opposition against us is our own path to experience,
and engaging conflict is a lowering of standards,
not victim, not survivor, just ignorant.
Malice can cause difficulty,
unwarranted and unfair in circumstance,
yet facing it aggressively gives it more strength,
whereas passivity, gives it no purchase,
nowhere to go, and its echoes,
may slander or hurt, but balance always prevails.
Forgive your enemies,
for they know not their ignorance,
they respond to ineptitude within themselves,
and we are sometimes the target,
yet we have a choice, to fight for righteous belief,
or to walk away and placate.
The battle fades very quickly,
when there is no opposition to invigorate,
and the cause of malice will fade when not enticed,
so for peace we must be the better soul
and find solutions short of conflict,
for that keeps us earthbound in thought and action.
Tony DeLorger © 2017
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