Countering Fear*

To counter the present permeating fear
     he said that while it isn’t all that clear, 
          it can’t be anymore ineffective
than the spewing of all the invective.
     And so, when encountering anyone
          he will say behind the mask, here is a daughter/son 
— Beloved Child of God — divinity to laud. 
     And he will bow humbly in that 
          permeating presence of God. 

*idea from a meditation by Henri Nouwen

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