“My Heart Weeps” by Kerrick van Asselt

My heart weeps.

My soul aches.

So much pain.

So much violence in the world.

Schools being shot up, children being torn from their homes.


Why do people do this?

Why respond with hate?

This way is not the answer.

This way will never work.

Violence leads to violence.

Fear will lead to hate.


We are killing our own family,

Taking their futures away from them.


How long can we go on like this?

How long before we realize?

Hatred’s not the answer,

Nor should it ever be.


We teach our kids that violence can solve their problems,

It’s in our games, our movies, our jokes.

It’s become so ingrained in us,

It’s become so accepted.




When will we realize that what we need is love?

Just look at the effect that giving a smile has on people.

Think about how powerful a hug can be.


When will we wake up and see the desperate need for peace?

An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.


When will we be able to move past our fear of the unknown?

When will we be able to embrace, not just accept, but embrace our differences?

It takes a village. A village of people with different skills.

It takes opening ourselves up to being pushed by people with different opinons.


This is what we need.

This is what the world needs.

This is what we are called to do.

To make peace.


Photo made available by Gabriele Diwald via Unsplash

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