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Comment by David Sparenberg on June 22, 2009 at 6:26am
Prayers and solidarity with the people of Iran. While we enjoy our artistry and freedom of expression, let us not forget those whose lives are on the edge, who are at risk and in harms way because the dinosaurs of politics equate power with violence. The young woman who died of government gunshot in a street in Tehran and died in her father’s arms, died on our Father’s Day. Her name is Neda.

The poem below was written at another time and for another purpose. Yet much of it applies.


Sometimes the longing for peace and justice
erupts in me like earth rumbling,
splitting history apart.
Sometimes like valley of tears
flooding my soul – sometimes,
in my quiet hours, like flowers
from bleak ravines, breathing
in sunlight and chaste dew of dawn.

I live in a cruel nation,
in a time of violent
thoughts and deeds. In a place
where war addiction
plays out to endgame. And
here a man’s appearance counts, not his heart.
Often we are imprisoned
for things we did not do.

Sometimes the longing stirs in me
for truth and freedom
from the degradation
that saps my soul and
ignores my plea.

My dark is the dark
of men in cells, secreted, tortured. Betrayed.
My light is their liberty.

from HEALING A Book of Poetry by David Sparenberg
Comment by David Sparenberg on June 18, 2009 at 5:43pm

When the one who is awaited comes
and you find your face
within his face
and your heartbeat
living inside his heartbeat
as entwined as lover’s breath;

when the angel that he brings
bears your name as
clearly inscribed as his own
and the animal at his side
walks peacefully
in the shadow of your footsteps;

then will the Earth Revolution begin
like a child
awakening at the onset of morning
(a Dawn Child)
and green will be as red as gold.

And that which starts
prayerful in a whispered word
swift as lightning
or as wildfire consumes
not but bitterness
and the lusts of exploitation and war.

And it shall end in this:
The never ending fertility
of the dream of God
and the promise filling the fields
of holy prophesy. For we

in the companionship
of the awaited—of one coming on—
shall eat at the banquet of our preparations.
And the one will be invited
to sit here
and be among us.

That day shall be called
Abundance. And that night
Deliverance from the Apocalypse
of manmade evils. And the world
with the one at the center of
the everywhere from
now until always will dance.

Dance as people dance
around a tree of fire
that does not burn but
shines with joy. With life.
With redefining

David Sparenberg
6 August 2008


In the terrible
conflagration of war
it is not only armies
that are consumed
but the obo
and the violin die
die tragically as well.

In the monstrous
rampages of hatred
it is not only the victims
of insidious propaganda who
are the targets of political rage
but the flowers of perception
are withered too.

Like a winter storm
the land that longs
for love of spring
wastes with wounds
and ugly memories.

Somewhere in the darkness
of petrifying screams
there is the smell of
carrion earth
an outcry of blood.

Music too
like a sweetness in the soul of
struggling even
as a song bird
in the heart of the angel
of human discovery perishes.

Who then pleads
for the others who
are scattered everywhere
like dust in the wind?

David Sparenberg
25-26 July 2008
Comment by David Sparenberg on June 17, 2009 at 8:11pm

The pure and sweet souled
Mahatma Gandhi
commonly said,
"I am a Hindu and a Moslem,
a Christian and a Buddhist.”
In his ashram
at daily prayers,
Gandhi prayed
to include all faiths.
We too would benefit
from his lesson
in tolerance and participation.
the essence of
all religion is compassion.

Can we say:
I am a human being,
living here, in this time, in this
space, a citizen of the world;
an integral and engaged member
of this One
Earth Global Village.
I am a Hindu and a Moslem,
a Christian and a Buddhist,
a Pagan and a Jew.

I am one
with all compassion,
with all genuine love,
with authentic integrity,
for freedom for justice,
for peace and for honesty,
affirming dignity
protecting diversity
in nature and of cultures.

Wherever there is humility
and an open heart,
I am, in my soul.
Wherever there is kindness
and an open hand,
I am with these
unconditional hands
of flesh and life-giving energy.

I am food
and I am water.
I am air
and I am light.
I am many
and I am only one.
is the phenomenal power
of cosmic unity.
Where a voice is necessary,
I shall be
a steadfast word.
Where an ear is called for,
I shall be the foremost
of heartfelt concern.
Where eyes are required,
I shall bear witness
with uncompromising vision.

There is no purpose
here, in this life,
greater than devotion and praise.
There is no path
for the mortal sojourn
more worthy
than the way
of expressed compassion.

I am a child
in the family of living spirit
and in the unboundaried
of universal souls.

Like the genuine
I would open my hands
and my little self,
releasing the canker
worm of violence
and welcoming the butterfly
of peace. .

Here, between my tears
and the smile
of awakened serenity,
I offer my prayer:

Generation, you,
let me stand
among us all, on this wounded
mother earth, with
naked feet,
in humility and courage,
to be who I am,
when I have understood
and transcended
the misconceptions
and the betrayal
of who I was.

David Sparenberg
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Gracias, todos unidos por una causa justa
Comment by Clicia Pavan on April 10, 2009 at 11:07pm

Happy Easter! Love one another as I have loved you
Jesus of Nazareth
Comment by Eleni on April 3, 2009 at 6:38am
Comment by Eleni on April 3, 2009 at 6:35am
Comment by Clicia Pavan on February 9, 2009 at 3:53pm

Sincere Friendship Clicia Pavan

The smile is a sincere joy of sharing
the best moments with friends

Words that do not sound superficial
leaving the heart of the soul
The essence that nurture the
joy of the heart
who loves with sincerity

The silence of listening
Try to learn with humility and wisdom
without criticism or charges

The friend with the tears that we shed
Without feeling humiliated or neglected

That look forward free of truths, true
We know the small slide forgive

It is good to have a sincere friend
What your heart see further than your eyes

See with your heart to be just friends
And together go in search of peace and a better world
Comment by Stuart Thomas on January 28, 2009 at 8:41am

On Thursday, January 29, 2009 the World Harmony: Can It Happen?
TV program will present ONLINE from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Tucson, Arizona time) -

Undocumented Immigrants:
A Human Rights View

Our featured guests from the Border Action Network will be Luis Herrer, Abuse Documentation Coordinator, and from Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Coalition) will be Isabel Garcia, Co-chair.

This program can be seen locally on Cox Cable Digital Channel 120; Comcast Channel 72; and on the worldwide web - Search and click on: Access Tucson, next look for "NOW PLAYING" and click "Watch Online", and finally click "Watch Channels 72/Digital 120".

If you miss this showing, you can still see it rebroadcast on Saturdays, January 31, 2009 and February 7, 2009 from Noon - 1:00 PM (Tucson, Arizona time) on Cox Cable Channel 99, Comcast Channel 74, and online by following the directions above and finally clicking "Watch Channels 74/99".

For more information, contact Stuart Thomas, Talk-Show Host and Independent Producer, at
Comment by Stromek/LittleTree on January 25, 2009 at 6:02pm

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