The search goes on

Somewhere out there are the perfect words, a phrase that unlocks wisdom and peace and understanding and love and no more hassle and din and hatred and discord.

Every day we log onto social media or otherwise check into the world to browse around for those special words.

And in a meme or a big quote with a pretty picture, we pause and say, yes, I like that thought, it needed to be said.

But the fight goes on, and peace skitters away in a cloud of dust and invective.

We are not so easily defeated, so we lick our wounds and keep searching for the perfect words to calm the storm. When we can’t find them, we sit down and try to craft them ourselves.

A long time ago now, someone wrote, “Come on people now, smile on your brother — Everybody get together, try to love one another right now.”

That was close — oh, so close — maybe that’s the phrase, those are the words to unlock the love we all desire.

“No, no, it’s misogyny,” someone cries. “Why not smile on your sister?!”


Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, Dejah and Summer, and Blackberry, an insistent cat. Author of It's Going to Be All Right, Echoes of Freedom Past, Full, Refuse to be Afraid, Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, Myke Phoenix: The Complete Novelettes, A Bridge at Crossroads, The Imaginary Bomb, A Scream of Consciousness, and The Imaginary Revolution.

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