The Nation

We have our triumphs.

We have our atrocities.

Both need attention.

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The Moment

For every valley, deep and dark,

A flame of glee begins to spark.

When we cry out from mountain tops,

A time will come when feasting stops.

Do not ask “why” of suffering;

Don’t to despair or brightness cling.

Shadows fall and light will rise.

It’s all laid out before your eyes.

Life is not life without its seasons,

And darkness has no deeper reasons

Than to balance out the light.

So keep the longer view in sight.

What now is will soon be past.

Embrace the moment while it lasts.

Accept

All is what it has to be,

Even in the darkest night.

Whatever befalls you and me,

We’re gonna be alright.

Things will rock and things will change,

Of course it all will hurt.

It’s but one end of the range

Of what happens on this earth.

Every thing we know and feel,

Death and joy and peace and strife,

Are what make existence real

All just part of living life.

Watching Aidan

When’d we lose our fascination?

Why let life sap our elation?

Did we think we’d go unburned

Without some brutal lessons learned?

Do these dark moments render null

All in life that’s wonderful?

I might be of a rarer view

But I just can’t believe that’s true

Yes, I’ve loved and yes, I’ve lost

But I’m still moved by winter frost

Or changing leaves or a mountain top

Those moments when time seems to stop

My baby boy, with laughs and cries,

Does this great tension symbolize

Of course there will be times to weep

But our joy also we must keep

Life must be a balanced act

For just like pain, beauty’s a fact

Don’t let the scars that life will give

Deplete your will to truly live