My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Paris in the aftermath of such horrific violence against them.
If I were at home, I would be watching what I am sure must be 24-hour television coverage, knowing that early reports are often unclear and certainly incomplete, but unable to concentrate on other matters in the face of such heart-breaking suffering.
Here at our poetry residency/workshop, we are meant to be unplugged, but I have used our internet access to read a bit of the coverage online and have decided to write this very early morning post before turning my mind back to poetry as best I can.
For months, those of us in the environmental movement have been using the word Paris as shorthand for the critical international climate summit due to convene there on November 30th. Many world leaders, including President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau, are due to attend. I have no idea if it was part of the intent of the terrorists to disrupt what is the last, best hope for international accord to protect the earth, but to attack Paris only two weeks before the talks feels like an attack not only against Paris, not only against France, not only against Europe, not only against world governments, but also against the planet itself.
We are all Paris. All bloodied. All in shock. All in mourning. But also united in strength. United in resolve. United in solidarity.
We must be.
The future of humanity and the planet depend on it.
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These terrorist attacks break my heart but instead of making me weak, they make me strong and take up the fight. I have to believe the pen is mightier than the sword and that the good in this world will come together for liberte,egalite and fraternite. xx Rowena
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Thank you, Rowena, for bringing your strength and your virtual pen here to help in the effort. Solidarity is so important. We are all in this together.
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This post, by Joanne Corey leads me to imagine hands of loving energy reaching across the sea, connecting us all to Paris and to all the places and people hurting, into a web of love.
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Thank you for the re-blog and for your imaginings. I am concentrating on being in the web of love.