On Being Human

My poem “On Being Human” expresses and describes this path we all share, and it introduces the writings I’ve gathered for my new book entitled “The Mended Heart.” 
Despite the varying nationalities, cultures, and faiths we may have- and our different backgrounds and experiences as people- we have the universal feelings of love, suffering and hope in common.

In my book I share my experiences to remind and encourage you that you are never on the journey alone. Life is not easy, and the world can be brutal- even to the innocent- but through love, there always remains hope. This poem expresses and describes this path we all share.

On Being Human

We are all born as trusting innocents
Then the world of adults steals our resilience

We come with eyes of curiosity and wonder
Then the system breaks our will and thunder

Hearts born so gentle and so tender
Hardened by society they are rendered

But, our inner child within still lives
When nurtured and fed, he still can give

Hope, love, virtue, faith and trust
Come as little children we must

Hardened hearts can then be broken
Through the cracks God's words are spoken

Into our hearts God will live and thrive
But only we can ask Him and decide

Frail humans in elusive, desultory worlds
The enemy is us within tortured and furled

Death breathes close capturing us all
As we search for significance and meaning before we fall

Being human is connection with others using our hearts and heads
Otherwise we are sentenced to be the walking living dead

All humans need loving, supportive community
It sustains us, offering life and opportunity

It is about relationships finally in the end
Those with God, family, and our friends

Then what will last when we are gone?
It has always been love, our hearts' only song

We come then go as little children once more
As mere humans standing to face death's door


 -Dr. Rhonda Milner

"Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13

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