Even the land and waters forget,
As do the trees.
Soak them in enough blood
Leaving no time to mend, to heal…
Do it long enough
And you can confuse them.
(Though even then,
Far less than us
Deranged they be.)
Not themselves for sure.
Ragged, disconnected, incomplete.
Buying into our sense of separation
Identifying with horrors they have seen
Branded and known forever
As numbing battlefields…
These too require a gentle touch.
The kiss of remembrance
The restoration of sanity:
‘I am sorry, please forgive me.‘
May we all return
To the love and peace we be.
(Written at Koh Ker, Cambodia. If you are not familiar with Cambodia’s history, you may want to look it up. )
Footnote – An Extract From Wikipedia:
“Hoʻoponopono (ho-o–pono–pono) is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.”
“…includes using the mantra, “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.“ It is based on Len’s idea of 100% responsibility, taking responsibility for everyone’s actions, not only for one’s own. If one would take complete responsibility for one’s life, then everything one sees, hears, tastes, touches, or in any way experiences would be one’s responsibility because it is in one’s life. The problem would not be with our external reality, it would be with ourselves. Total Responsibility, according to Hew Len, advocates that everything exists as a projection from inside the human being.”