We Are One

The compass spins madly
eternally seeking the
one true direction.
Museums overflow
weary with fragments
scattered by legions of men
who hacked their way
through history
claiming to follow the
one true path.
Verily, when we see clearly
that all drink from a spring
of the one pulsing artery,
then shall it be said,
we are one.

We carry with us
the ancient banners
of the gods that sheltered us.
From Artemis to Zoroaster
they encompass the
alphabet of soul
that spells the
one true word.
Hallelujah! It is revealed:
We are the Alpha and Omega.
Before the last trumpet of time
will all sin be cast aside
by compassion?
Will all revenge be annulled
by love?
Will all salvation be sealed
by peace?
For surely we will only bathe
in that pure river when
we are One.

From afar dancing
on golden rays
twirls the one blue ball
where we cling to the
one true dream
of all men and gods.
From Thebes to Rome,
from Lhasa to Kyoto.
from Jerusalem to Wittenberg,
from Babylon to Mecca,
let the word go forth.
Hear O nations of the world,
We are the Lords your Gods;
We are One.

We gather now
sons and daughters
as the world’s
one true congregation
to face the fear
of our differences.
O my brothers and sisters,
when we have banished blame,
conquered craving, and put aside pity,
then will darkness become light as
emptiness becomes non-emptiness
and suffering surrenders to
the noble truth of nirvana’s path.

Here, and only here,
annealed in the
scars of our ancestors,
we can live together when
We are truly One.

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