Mind Warriors

Let not the warriors gather
along the battlefields of your mind,
for the moment they appear,
Ask not why they have come
for in the “why”
a thousand battles will be waged
and never will be won.

Migrant Worker

Listen as a baby dies
you cannot abort the final cries
the last whimper belongs to mother
holding her child
sisters, brothers, frightened and confused
know not why
their father does not cry
for he died so long ago
America’s ghost
drifting along the highway
listen to his plea
about those who steal his dignity
lazy, incompetent the myth goes
how uninformed we be
about things we do not see.

Mexico City

Sitting in a street in Mexico City half-hidden in the darkness an old woman cradles an infant to her breast. Her gnarled hand rests in the folds of her dress. A man stops. Her arm rises. He drops a few coins into her hand. Only a shadow of … [Continue reading]

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No. 34

When you consider yourself wise You can be sure in a short time You will realize that you are a fool. The distinction between a fool and an intellectual snob A fool has some notion of his foolishness But the intellectual snob is blinded by his … [Continue reading]

Martin Luther King Jr.

I have lingered in your words and felt your presence. How strange that in your spiritual journey your enlightenment became my light and what truths you carried back from the mountain top stand by themselves words of the spirit that speak … [Continue reading]

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No. 33

Those who try to impress others Spend a good deal of time Trying to impress themselves. Peace of mind is a paradox For it is the mind that disrupts our inner peace. Loneliness and anger are not strangers to each other. Internal dialogue … [Continue reading]

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No. 32

One cannot define beauty with words For words are not beauty Beauty is beauty. We fill our heads with words And suffer excrutiating pain Never realizing That the pain is in the words. Friendship often becomes estranged By a third … [Continue reading]

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No. 31

If you wonder who you are, Or what you are, Let the sound of thunder And the slash of lightening Awaken you To your own significance. A toast to all that is unsaid, For more is said in the absence of words Than all the words That hide more … [Continue reading]

Spiritual Aphorisms by Howard Salzman

Do not look for a map to paradise For he who makes the divine journey Is his own mapmaker. The truth will not always set you free But can entrap you and subject you to untold misery, For to know the truth and be impotent before it Is to be … [Continue reading]

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No. 30

We fabricate fictions in our head Quite certain they are true, Only to watch them destroyed In the fire of reality. The great lessons of life Do not come out of a book But out of life Learning is directly proportionate To your ability to … [Continue reading]