The struggle is love

           Down by Cristo Rei, Garajau, Madeira

Where is peace
to be found ?

not in silence
not in inactivity

not in meditation
nor in transcendence

we descended
the steep incline

down to the statue
of Cristo Rei

gazed out over
the deep blue sea

the ragged rocks
of petrified lava

watched the early birds
feeding on the wing

saw sparrows thread
through the scrub

nature’s innocents
who know no better

who know all
they need to know

people came and went
families and couples

their breath taken
to admire the view

the struggle
is love – always

John Lyons

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