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9.11.2011

Prayer, by Jon J. Muth. A Buddhist reflection on 9-11?


I found this panting by Jon J. Muth while I was searching for information on him. He is the author/illustrator of the Zen... books I've been going through, starring Stillwater the Giant Panda. I've found his storytelling and his watercolors very moving, but they pale compared to this painting and the words which accompany it.
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It's entitled Prayer.  Here is the text:
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i am the son whose mother is lighting a candle beneath a photograph of a new york city firehouse
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i am the daughter of a man who hijacked a plane in the name of allah
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i am the palestinian boy whose father was killed by israeli gunfire
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i am the soldier who shot him
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i am the jewish girl whose brother was killed by a palestinain while eating pizza in a mall
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i am the father in america who must protect this great country and this great way of life
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i am the father in iraq who is watching his children starve
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i am the daughter who jumped from the burning world trade center holding my friend's hand
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i am the orphaned afghani boy who lives in a refugee camp
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i am the woman who led the pre-schoolers away from fire and falling buildings
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i am the firefighter who saved your wife
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these are the ten thousand reasons to kiss your parents each day, to kiss your children, to hold dear the one you are with
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you are the ocean and each of its waves
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when i reach out to touch your face i touch my own

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