Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In Holy Tongues

"There can be no peace without social justice."
Benjamin Creme

Under corporate rule,
only the rich are well fed,
for corporations have no conscience
and only one motivation: profit.

When anger rules the streets,
hearts are broken and hopelessness is born
as the same old cycle
follows its same old futile path.

Time for one million Gandhi-jis to arise.
Time for the trees to preach interconnectedness.
Time for the refugee's bowl to be filled.
Time for the lion to lie down with the lamb.

Time for humanity to raise its vision
from survival to transcendence.
Time for the meek to veer off the path of submission
and begin to speak in holy tongues.

for Susan's Mid Week Motif prompt at Poets United: exploring our own idea of social good in 160 words or less. Mine is 103. Ha.


  1. Always a fan of Gandhi, I leaned into this poem with more than the usual enthusiasm. it supported me beautifully and affirmed much. Lovely, Sherry, as always.

  2. Gandhi is such a worthy hero. May his words and work continue.

  3. Ah, Sherry! If only I were Holy enough! Or corporations grew consciousnesses. Perhaps your poem will travel as far as it needs to go to make this transformation. Thank you.

  4. it is that time...and if only...
    i hope and dream of just such a world...

  5. when rulers have only one motivation:profit then it is a disaster for that nation-'its time for people to raise their voice' against oppression- truly rightly expressed-speaks for my nation in such a situation at the moment

  6. Yes. The time is now for humanity to transcend. Vertigo does not seem to interfere with your passion and talent Sherry. This poem is beautiful and speaks the truth. Thank you for it. And feel better.

  7. It is time - humanity will rise up to speak in holy tongues - beautifully felt and written, my friend!

  8. I pray and hope for that time to come and heal us all ~ Thanks for the lovely share Sherry ~

  9. We certainly need new global leaders with a vision. I like the forceful and yet poetic tone of your poem, Sherry.

  10. It is indeed, high time, Sherry. Thanks for writing this.

    Pamela ox

  11. A great call to action. Very fitting with Gandhi's Seven Sins.

  12. Sherry this poem is not only a great tribute but a call to unite...ah..if only the speaker's voice was heard by the world...

  13. Sherry, your strong words are well chosen. Now if we could have a loud speaker so everyone could hear the invocation!!!

  14. From survival to transcendence... that is it, isn't it?

  15. Yes, let's hum for this 'begin to speak in holy tongues' ~ Hugs

  16. Wonderful call to (peaceful) arms...quiet, peaceful internal change also helps shift the world around...but to think of those trees preaching...that's magical

  17. We can learn a lot from nature...those trees are so wise! Yes, we need all the Gandhi-jis to rise up and set things on course again. This is beautiful, Sherry.

  18. Interestingly enough a profitable company would give less to executives and more to the workers.. So there's another mechanism in place - greed - which is not good for the profits or for the companies

  19. sorry for the hi-jack, this makes me think of this quote by Bucky Fuller:

    “We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.” ~


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