Aliens

difference

why must we fear it

eyes not like mine

skin toned as the earth

tongues form sounds unknown

they come in peace

but we blame and cast away

they live, hurt, love, and bleed

we all cry and sing, dream and die

let’s hold hands and see beauty

wipe each other’s tears

though a stranger they may be

we are brothers all the same


“Give to those who have nothing to give you”

Rupi Kaur

As people on this planet, I believe we shouldn’t have a narrow view. My life and your life, our choices affect the world. We shouldn’t only care for our own prospects. We shouldn’t frown upon those who are struggling to adapt to a new life. See the strength in their efforts, and remember that we don’t know what brought them here looking for something better. An act of kindness to a stranger who might not know our side of the world shouldn’t be withheld. Do our part to welcome those who are new. Just take a moment to smile at them, or see a way you could help them on their way. We all carry the 99.9% of the same DNA, so we are all truly brothers. Let’s act like it.

The poem and writing above is a rumination inspired by Coldplay’s upcoming album Everyday Life. I don’t think I mentioned this before, but Coldplay is my favorite band. They pre-released the songs Orphans, which touches the topic of refugees, and Everyday Life. They are amazing songs and I recommend them.

Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful day or evening wherever you are!

Glow

no other light filled me

as it had on that day

my body was aglow

and I felt the Spirit

its lightness and freeness

that I had never known

He called out to me

and I heard clearly

I had been awakened

by the power of truth

my doubt passed from me

scales fell from my eyes

feeling my body tremble

as our fingers intertwined

and my soul was saved


This poem is about my personals feeling regarding a new and beginning religious experience in my life. These thoughts are only my own, and I do not wish to impose them on others. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone has the right to believe what they want. All the same, I hope you enjoyed this more intimate poem.

Thank you so much for reading!

Thoughts Before Flight

As I entered, momentarily gazing

at the many faces of those seating

on the vehicle I would settle

until our destination was reached

a couple that spoke together softly

while holding their hands together

a man drowned out all the noise

while his eyes roved like mine

a small blonde boy walked the isle

his mom followed closely behind

a bearded man swallowed pills

and closed his eyes in preparation

I wondered how we were able

to have such trust and surrender

to the abilities of human beings

who are imperfect just like us

we were able to set aside

the fear of everything possible

how often did we do this

consciously or unconsciously

close our eyes and fall back

and hope the universe will catch us

9/1/19

Two days ago, I took a flight with my family across the country. As I walked down the aisle to reach my seat, I couldn’t help but look at the faces around me in wonderment. In my anxiety, I thought at first, “These all are the people I could die with.” I scanned the faces, saving them to my memory.

A man, a women, a couple, a family, a mother and child. All on the same plane, the same destiny for the time being. They fastened their belts, and awaited for liftoff. As I took in this scene, I realized something very significant.

These are people of faith. All of them really. Why else are the potentially surrendering themselves to the capability of those in the deck? Having trust in a vehicle that defies gravity in a way they can’t even fully grasp? This was interesting to me.

Humans are creatures of faith, trust and hope constantly. Whether we notice it or not. It is an odd but beautiful thing. We know what could happen, the negative possibilities or even life threatening consequences of our everyday choices. Often, we have to set aside fear (I am very afraid of heights) so that we can fulfill our needs, dreams, and ambitions. As humans, we evolve each moment we surmount our nature in this manner, and trust that by doing so we getting closer to reaching our purposes for living.

I found that even being thousands of feet in the air was quite a wonderful experience after all, and I would quite like to do it many more times over.

For Mom

There are not enough words

that can help you to see

what sort of a person

that you are to me

I can only be gracious

for all the love everyday

and for not giving up

for making everything okay

I think of the sacrifices

that have caused me to be

you gave up your dreams

just to be with me

I remember the arguments

and we always have a few

but when the morning comes

you’d still smile, and I would too

I cannot even begin to think

how different the world would be

without the amazing woman

that I’m graced daily to see

I say these things to you

even though it’s not enough

to express my deepest love

and being my mom and stuff

8/4/19