Love, or: Appreciation

Poetry Partners #63

Two linked senryu by LaMon Brown of ‘Pathways to God’

today's questions
what is justice without love
harsh cruelty

without love
what's spirituality:
nothing of value

A shadorma by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

I've been told
life requires
of terrible diseases
like childhood cancer.

I'd trade my
in exchange
for children
living happy, healthy lives. 
How 'bout that, Rabbi?

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

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39 thoughts on “Love, or: Appreciation”

  1. I like the original poem and the second stanza of yours, David, but how does appreciation of life necessitate the existence of horrible diseases? Am I missing some theological /logical link here?

    1. I was told that the evils of the world, including diseases and the sufferings of children, are necessary for the good things to be appreciated by human beings. The thinking, more or less, is that if there was no suffering, everyone would take all the good offered by this world for granted.

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