those others

Peace is the treasure we seek,

we chase it the world over.

If only those others would do this or that, then. . .

we would finally have peace.

Our loved ones bear witness to the turmoil within us.

That state of inner being

that drives us ever onwards seeking peace.

Love becomes an exercise in right behavior,

and compassion a pitiful sympathy.

Oh what chaos reigns within,

and yet it is those others who are responsible for peace.

by Rev. Simeon Nartoomid
February 24, 2002