Then said Almitra, “Speak to us of Love.”
And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said:
When love beckons to you follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth. Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips. — -The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran
White people in America are a trip… they exterminate the Native American and then try to dress just like them. What kind of necrophilia is that? —
A Huey P. Newton Story
No but seriously…it’s weird….
Boy finds loaded assault weapon in movie theater bathroom.
9news.com: A 9-year-old boy found a loaded handgun inside an Ybor City movie theater bathroom on Father’s Day.
The gun was a Glock 26 9mm.
“My son opened the door and immediately said dad there’s a gun in the bathroom,” recounted Wesley Noland, the boy’s father.
Noland was at the Muvico theater in Centro Ybor with his two sons to see the new Superman movie.
He said the weapon was sitting on top of the toilet paper dispenser.
“When I was in the bathroom there were two other fathers and three kids and the theater was very busy and the place was full of kids and families.”
Noland, an ex-Marine who has a Concealed Weapons Permit, said he immediately secured the handgun and called police.
“That the gun could have been picked up by a child, or it could have been picked up by a convicted felon or a rowdy group of teenagers or something like that,” Noland said. “But in any case, it could have been used in a crime or accidentally discharged and it could have killed somebody in the theater — worst of all a kid.”
The Glock 26 semi-automatic pistol was covered under the now-expired Assault Weapons Ban — which means that America is now so saturated with firearms that you can just find assault weapons just laying around.
[photo via Wikimedia Commons]
Brazil sees largest protests in decades as unrest hits second week — RT News
The Palestinian struggle is a black struggle -
Reciprocal solidarity means we should seek our natural allies among the “wretched of the earth,” says Palestinian author Susan Abulhawa.
Bring the movements together, everyone.
Good to talk. It’s the music. — MIA
You can download the TuneIn app on your phone and listen to the Zane Lowe BBC 1 show now for the release of MIA’s new single.