© 2007 Patrisha Thomson

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Dialogue is a two-way highway.
In conflict, the loud, distorted mouth
of rage may look like madness.
The other retaliates.
Hearts have vanished.

I would like to be a source
of healing in the world.
I discover it is by finding what I need
to do within me to feel whole
and to heal my wounds.
Then better words surface,
and I breathe again.

Sometimes in the face of aggression,
I can only walk away.
Sometimes new words speak,
and the avenger is no longer my thorn.

My better breathing
changes the air for us both.

© 2007 Patrisha Thomson

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