An Open Letter to the Oppressed People of the Earth

This poem introduces five ways of dealing with oppression. It was written using couplets and quatrains.

Around the world, people are suffering
From hatred, attack, and plundering,
But each has his own way of dealing
With the pain and sorrow he is feeling.

The first way of dealing with oppression
Is to stoically endure the aggression,
To grit your teeth and to firmly brace
For all the pain you know you must face.

The second way of dealing with abuse
Is to return the punches, and to refuse
To endure all his attacks without
Trying to knock the abuser out.

The third way of dealing with the strong
Is to feel that you are a victim of wrong;
By suffering, you feel that you are better,
And that your attacker will be a debtor

The fourth way of dealing with attack
Is to pity the one who strikes your back;
You believe your attacker will receive
Punishment for his acts, without reprieve.

The fifth way of dealing with insults
Is to see that error has no results;
The body that suffers with an ache
Does not of reality partake.

This is the way that the mind can transcend
The suffering that never seems to end;
The mind that can transcend by forgiving
Will find a new peaceful way of living.

The body cannot suffer without the mind,
So the mind simply needs to seek and find
A way to cancel all the thoughts of pain
That travel through the physical brain.

The mind that does not cling to guilt or fear
Can overlook the past and become clear,
For the past and its errors do not exist,
And only thoughts of love and truth will persist.

So to the oppressed, I say:
Look with hope toward the day
When the past is canceled out,
And peace and joy are felt throughout.

You don’t need to feel the pain forever,
You don’t need to hate your oppressor,
You don’t need to feel superior to him,
Or pity him for reaping his harvest grim.

Be glad that creation is all the same:
We all need to give up attack and blame;
And when we conquer the darkness within,
We will achieve the ultimate win-win.

(written c. January 2015)

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