More Important Matters

The news reels on
Reporters complain
Friends call and protests form

The new president Trump
Makes videos, sends tweets
Appoints cabinet positions
Tossing out bait to hook you in

But I am busy today
The hummingbird feeder is empty
And every time I hear it squeak
or zoom through the crisp morning air
I feel a pang of guilt
An urgent need to make refilling
The red sugar water a priority

Choosing to spend my time
On more important matters

A Meditation on Crisis, by Christine Stevens

A Meditation on Crisis

What a time to have an empathic heart

To feel the cost of global perspective


All the things that grew me

Cracked me open

Helped me know the oneness of humanity

Now bring me to compassion


All the ways music bonded me beyond enemies

In streets of Moscow singing We Shall Overcome

Playing drums with Iraqis

Singing Arabic songs with refugees


Though I pay a price, for all these things I am grateful

As shreds of heart are torn by shocking news

In calm-spoken commentators


Complaints turn into prayer

In a meditation on crisis

Finding tools learned on a path of love, peace and beauty

Work well in the shadow-time of fear


Hope is the priceless outcome

The gift Obama gave our nation

The audacity of hope that cannot be over-turned