Today is independence day.
Tomorrow will also be
independence day.
I wave the flag
of the present moment.
I listen to the robin
and watch the swallow
streak across the twilit sky.
The deer, the stray dog,
the heart-wounded veteran
don't need to hear loud noises
Just the gentle explosion
of peonies in my garden.
Watch the sun set
and greet whoever you meet
with a breath of peace.
Something in your chest
will melt away the borders
of nations.
There is only one earth.

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