Poetic Spiriuality

Poetic Spiriuality
"Let there be light."

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Way I Am Should Be Okay

I listened to the lyrics of a new song that struck me strange.
The chorus kept repeating, "I can not change."
The lyrics spoke of being lesbian or gay
And being accepted rather than judged some day.

It's the "I can not change even if I want to" line
That weighed heavily in the recesses of my mind.
Why should I need to feel that my life must rearrange 
Just because being true to myself to some may seem strange.

Who has the right to judge my life style choice
When as a consenting adult, I choose love to voice.
No one is being hurt by my being true to me,
So, why should I apologize for the real, honest person you see.

I do believe that understanding will one day be the bridge to acceptance,
And equality for all will become reality rather than mere spoken sentence.
We're all just basically looking for love.
We may have differing ways of finding it, but when we do, we all seem to agree that it is one of the greatest gifts from above.

So, love, and let love.

©Sheryl A. Skutelsky, 2013. All rights reserved

Friday, July 19, 2013

No Pedestals Please

I have MS, and I have chosen to do my best 
To give life my all ... Nothing less.
I didn't choose to have a chronic illness
I certainly wouldn't try to will this.

But, strength is not something you choose
Until choice is something you lose.
Someone told me today that I've made such a great decision
In my mind it didn't take much vision.

When pain becomes a daily part of life
And I can either cry or rise above,
I can easily become a burden to those I love.
To me there stands only one clear choice
I have to live my life with a smile and an activist's voice. 

©Sheryl A. Skutelsky, 2013. All rights reserved.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Understanding Brings Empathy

Exercise, exercise, exercise ... Avoid stress. Very wise words, but then have you ever tried to stay calm while you explain to the person at the pharmacy on your way home from the gym just why you can't remember your own birthdate? All part of fatigue and cognitive confusion from MS.

Friday, December 21, 2012

December 21, 2012

Okay, so as we suspected the planet still stands
Now they say the end of the world is not what the Mayans had planned.
However, the shift in shared human spiritual awareness
May well be "the event" for which those ancient minds were preparing us.

Today, a moment of shared silence heard across the globe
On the very day all the hype had misleadingly been sold.
Yes, we went through silent moments as the world looked on in 2011
This time 26 bells rang out as so many of our nation's little children were taken to heaven.

So, why should this day be different from the past?
Perhaps this time the outpouring of "pass it on" good deeds will continue to last.
All the holy books, hidden scriptures, and prophecies say the same thing ...
After 21st century apocalyptic world events, the human soul will sing.

Maybe, all around the world people are beginning to see the love in each soul
As our most basic human similarity, and ultimate goal.
No matter where and when we each believe our soul is first born
When it comes to our children, we can't help but empathetically mourn.

Because in this new age of social media like no other, beyond all classes
It's getting harder and harder to brainwash all of the masses.
A thread of the truth (whatever that may be, no matter who is right or wrong) will come to be known ...
And, it is through our children, that the love (or hatred) is home spun and grown.

© Sheryl A. Skutelsky, 2012. All rights reserved.

Friday, November 30, 2012

In the Name of Truth

I started out using this blog as a way to spread spirituality and tolerance. I snuck in some multiple sclerosis awareness lately, but now I just have to use it to go beyond tolerance to what I truly believe (despite my own disdain for the lack of tolerance within Judiasm itself between it's own sects) to be the truth about what many in the Muslim nations, caught in the web of terrorism, have been taught.


"I'm proud and honored to stand here today as a Lebanese speaking for Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. As someone who was raised in an Arabic country, I want to give you a glimpse into the heart of the Arabic world.

I was raised in Lebanon where I was taught that the Jews are evil, Israel is the devil, and the only time we will have peace in the Middle East is when we kill all the Jews and drive them into the sea.

When the Muslims and Palestinians declared jihad on the Christians in 1975, they started massacring the Christians city after city. I ended up living in a bomb shelter underground from age 10 to 17, without electricity, eating grass to live, and crawling under sniper bullets to a spring to get water.

It was Israel who came to help the Christians in Lebanon. My mother was wounded by a Muslim shell and was taken into an Israeli hospital for treatment. When we entered the emergency room, I was shocked at what I saw.
There were hundreds of people wounded, Muslims, Palestinians, Lebanese Christians, and Israeli soldiers lying on the floor. The doctors treated everyone according to their injury. They treated my mother before they treated the Israeli soldier lying next to her. They didn't see religion, they didn't see political affiliation; they saw people in need and they helped.

For the first time in my life, I experienced a human quality that I know my culture would not have shown to their enemy. I experienced the values of the Israelis, who were able to love their enemy in their most trying moments. I spent 22 days at that hospital; those days changed my life and the way I believe information, the way I listen to the radio or to television. I realized that I was sold a fabricated lie by my government about the Jews and Israel, which was so far from reality. I knew for a fact that if I were a Jew standing in an Arab hospital, I would be lynched and thrown to the ground as shouts of joy of “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) echoed through the hospital and the surrounding streets.

I became friends with the families of the wounded Israeli soldiers, one in particular, Rina, whose only child was wounded in his eyes. One day, I was visiting with her and the Israeli army band came to play national songs to lift the spirits of the wounded soldiers. As they surrounded his bed playing a song about Jerusalem, Rina and I started crying. I felt out of place and started walking out of the room, and this mother held my hand and pulled me back in without even looking at me. She held me, crying, and said, "It is not your fault." We just stood there, crying, holding each other's hands.
What a contrast between her—a mother looking at her deformed, 19-year-old only child and still able to love me, the enemy—and a Muslim mother who sends her son to blow himself up to smithereens just to kill a few Jews or Christians.

The difference between the Arabic world and Israel is a difference in values and character. It's barbarism versus civilization. It's democracy versus dictatorship. It's goodness versus evil.

Once upon a time, there was a special place in the lowest depths of hell for anyone who would intentionally murder a child. Now, the intentional murder of Israeli children is legitimized as Palestinian "armed struggle."
However, once such behavior is legitimized against Israel, it is legitimized everywhere in the world, constrained by nothing more than the subjective belief of people who would wrap themselves in dynamite and nails for the purpose of killing children in the name of god.

Because the Palestinians have been encouraged to believe that murdering innocent Israeli civilians is a legitimate tactic for advancing their cause, the whole world now suffers from a plague of terrorism, from Nairobi to New York, from Moscow to Madrid, from Bali to Beslan.

They blame suicide bombings on the "desperation of occupation." Let me tell you the truth. The first major terror bombing committed by Arabs against the Jewish state occurred 10 weeks before Israel even became independent.
On Sunday morning, February 22, 1948, in anticipation of Israel 's independence, a triple truck bomb was detonated by Arab terrorists on Ben Yehuda Street in what was then the Jewish section of Jerusalem. Fifty-four people were killed and hundreds were wounded.

Thus, it is obvious that Arab terrorism is caused not by "desperation" or "occupation", but by the VERY THOUGHT of a Jewish state.

So many times in history in the last 100 years, citizens have stood by and done nothing, allowing evil to prevail. As America stood up against and defeated communism, now it is time to stand up against the terror of religious bigotry and intolerance. It's time for everyone to stand up and support and defend the State of Israel, which is the front line of the war against terrorism.

Thank you."