My poem on anger & quote from Buddha

Here is a poem I wrote in 2004 about anger and a quote I came across from Buddha on the same subject:  “Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

SHUN ANGER MY CHILD © 2004

My children shun anger; shun violence

It’s poison in our veins; how can we live in silence?Your peers see violence everywhere

They just want to be loved but do they dare?

Love is not controlling or to possess

Do we think it is to obsess?

We can fight for what’s right with anger-less action

Words can be dismissed without reaction

What comes around goes around

Karmas stacked now more than a mound

What we have to swallow will not be sour

If we look to a higher power

Our fellow beings won’t always see eye to eye

Nothing matters yet everything counts including every lie

We all can make a difference in our own life

Attitude is primary and our best interest may be strife

Maturity is knowing our self and appreciating the Divine

Then we know when and where to draw the line

Always love and be true to yourself

Put what you can’t handle on a shelf

Whether you deal with it later or someday soon

Have the courage to face it; it’ll be a great boon

No matter what you say or do

I will always have this love for you

Dear child, find your anchor and stay strong

I love you and we’ll be together before long