If your name suggests a country where bells
might have been used for entertainment,
or to announce the entrances and exits of the seasons,
or the birthdays of gods and demons,
it's probably best to dress in plain clothes
when you arrive in the United States,
and try not to talk too loud.
If you happen to have watched armed men
beat and drag your father
out the front door of your house
and into the back of an idling truck
before your mother jerked you from the threshold
and buried your face in her skirt folds,
try not to judge your mother too harshly.
Don't ask her what she thought she was doing
turning a child's eyes
away from history.
sometimes, for the sake of security, they mask the youth from the select troubles. This, unfortunately, hides us from a terrible truth. Is it in hopes of shielding the child's innocence? Isn't innocence that we often try to reclaim for ourselves? -Zachary Tomaszewski, age 22
Maybe there was too much screaming
and weeping and the noise of guns in the streets.
It doesn't matter.
What matters is this:
The kingdom of heaven is good.
But heaven on earth is better.
Thinking is good.
But living is better.
Alone in your favorite chair
with a book you enjoy
is fine. But spooning
is even better.