A haiku poet wrote the following and submitted it for approval to his teacher:
Remove the wings
Bright red pepperpod!
The teacher disapproved strongly and suggested this:
Bright red pepperpod,
The student, reading that, burst into tears and came to enlightenment. We have been taking dragonflies and tearing their wings off now for years with our political opposition.
Our discourse is destructive and profoundly dis-integrative. We need to reverse the direction of the wheel. We need to start putting the wings back on—-liberating all of our discourse back into the sky of enmity-free community.
Posted by Lux Umbra Dei
July 15, 2008 7:36 PM
I, for one, will be doing my best to put the wings back on the dragonflies I savaged over the previous months. I can’t promise perfection, but I will guarantee continued effort.