Climbing Out of Your Family Tree

The apple falls
how far does it fall
where does it land?
what does it do when it lands?

Can you climb back up?
or do you want to climb a new tree?
did you fall with planned intent
as far away as possible?

Are you planning on taking root
where you fell
to grow a new tree?

although you better be careful not to take root
near a snake pit or apple orchard

© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Sounds of Separation

the sounds of separation reverberate

across the valleys and the vales,

to some they are sounds that integrate

to others, they lower the veil

Oh to have the adhan chanted in the same tower

from which the bells toll daily

instead the sounds that ring out, rip the air apart

their ringing reaffirms our separation

slave bell, unity bell, prayer bell, it tolls regardless

the tolling of the bell that divides

the minaret, mosque, synagogue and cathedral

shout out and chant; a call for unity, that divides

the bells toll for those who are near

to hear the sounds of separation.

the division bell continues to ring out

oh for the sounds of peaceful silence


© 2016 Michael D Emmerich