To love and serve, these are our highest calls,
To give care and attention to all others—
Despite the fear that grates, the hate that galls—
Knowing them as our sisters and our brothers.
Does Jesus say, Mohammed and the Buddha,
That love and service are the high commands?
I think they do; if not they surely should have
Since common sense says peace lies in our hands.
It’s peace we deeply crave, the harmony
That weaves and leaves us all to all atoned,
Bound to each other in one melody
And in our highest happiness enthroned.
Yet keeping that peace within our careful palms
Takes active love, not simply singing psalms.