Small alef; poetry Va-era 2

Release us —
I push harder.

I am not a gifted speaker
I have stones in my mouth
my lips are covered —
inarticulate.

Lead with gentleness
be patient
tolerant
and to everyone
speak with respect.

Balance —
strength confidence and courage
on the left side.

Add patience and kindness
on the right side.

Stick-to-it-tiveness
on the right side
gentleness and compassion
on the left side.

Now draw a line
down the middle of your body with your thumb
move your hand up and down
this is your heart line
your balance —

Between the left side and the right side
this is your strength.

Lead with patience and understanding
speak with respect
even to your detractors

especially to your detractors.

jsg, usa

Small alef; poetry Vaera
Maqam Hoseini