Love Stays Strong

Love Stays Strong Normality leaves; Love stays strong Fear creeps in; Love stays strong Peace shatters; Love stays strong Freedom shakes; Love stays strong Hope hangs in; Love stays strong   As we see the stranger as a neighbour As we recognise our shared humanity beyond our differences As we remember that unity is in diversity, not uniformity As we come to know each other as friends As we stand together side by side As we reach out to take each other by the hand   Then fear departs Freedom, peace and hope are reaffirmed Compassion and justice are fed Because Love stays strong Normality is restored     17/3/19   Angela Coleman     (This was written in response the mosque attacks in Christchurch, and read at the Inter-faith service in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, PN this evening (same day as poem written) and a copy given to a representative of our local Muslim community)
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