April 21st, 2013


I am crying every mother’s tears
waking in every mother’s night
deafened by the blasts
bleeding in the street
broken to the bone
I am not brave
not quick
not done
I will not forget
cannot untie
every child
every child
every child leaves a mother
and the mother is me.

A prayer of compassion
A plea for peace
A word of truth

Kuan Yin in the bodhisattva of compassion. The name Kuan Yin is short for Kuan Shih Yin which means “Observing the Sounds of the World.”

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  1. amen

    Comment by wendy — April 21, 2013 @ 7:12 am

  2. Karen–this is a response, a reflection, from the heart. hearing the cries of the world”
    Thank you for sharing it.

    Comment by daniel — April 21, 2013 @ 7:14 am

  3. Amen

    Comment by Suzanne — April 21, 2013 @ 7:21 am

  4. Such a beautiful prayer Karen,so timely. And if we don’t know how to pray, what to say, what to do in the presence of such evil and pain, we can seek refuge in the beautiful words that take us straight into Kuan Yen’s compassionate heart, there’s plenty of room there. thank you!

    Comment by Daisy Marshall — April 21, 2013 @ 8:50 am

  5. I think every new fostermother should get this prayer. As a part of the “introduction package” as it were. So important that our hearts and arms and minds can span more than just ourselves and our loved ones. Thank you.

    Comment by Simone — April 21, 2013 @ 9:38 am

  6. I have been reading this every day since you posted it. It is true and beautiful and strong, thank you, Karen.

    Comment by Clare Kirkconnell — April 27, 2013 @ 5:57 pm

  7. Compassion that breaks the heart wide open. Thank you.

    Comment by Chris Lemig — April 28, 2013 @ 7:10 am

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