Some people think that because someone is quiet, they’re dumb.
For those of you who think you’re so smart,
be silent for a while.
Some people think that because someone isn’t aggressive, they’re weak.
For those of you who think war makes you strong,
be non-aggressive for a while.
Some people think that because someone isn’t rich, they’re not successful.
For those of you who think riches bring you success,
be poor for a while.
Some people think that because someone speaks softly,
they don’t know what they’re talking about.
Whisper for a while and see where the true lies.
When you can hear the shifting of the sands,
the thunder before it crashes;
when you can hear the energy--that according to the scientists
has no sound;
when you can see patterns of activity
in your family, neighborhood, and around the globe,
so that you know what’s going to happen before it does,
you become the most powerful person
in the midst of your doubters.
It all takes quiet.
I don’t think so. Nobody thinks so--
once they know the power--
‘Old Joe isn’t still picking cotton for your ribbons and bows’,
but the poor still harvest your fruits and vegetables--
they still kill your animals to satisfy your palate that still
thirsts for their blood.
Quiet will lead you to the understanding
you crave, but that you can’t see,
because you’re too hyped up, too angry.
Yes, amidst the chaos you can make yourself--
your soul, your body, your mind, quiet.
Thirst and hunger for the part of you
that doesn’t thirst and hunger for the blood
of someone else.
Thirst and hunger for the part of you that
wants the power of you to survive
absent the blood and
amidst the chaos of it all.