The Solution that Always Works

U.S. Army Spc. Matthew Oliver, right, from 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, takes pictures with local children near Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 4, 2011. U.S. Soldiers of 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade are in the area to meet with local leaders. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Louis Kernisan/Released)

If Prayer Would Do It

If prayer would do it

I’d pray.

If reading esteemed thinkers would do it
I’d be halfway through the Patriarchs.

If discourse would do it
I’d be sitting with His Holiness
every moment he was free.

If contemplation would do it
I’d have translated the Periodic Table
to hermit poems, converting
matter to spirit.

If even fighting would do it
I’d already be a black belt.

If anything other than love could do it
I’d have done it already
and left the hardest for last.


Stephen Levine
Source: Breaking the Drought

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