A Riddle for the Ages

Some may call me the greatest of all things.

Their words, not mine,
for I’m not one to brag.

Not everyone receives me,
though everyone deserves me.

Just the way you are, is all that is required.

Some have said I’m the greatest of all things
a life-spring from whose source
all good things flow

a bind-ing without which hope none would know.

Although much pain has been caused
in the name of me,
I do not agree,
despite fervent belief

I can be found in the most desolate of places.
I’ve been known to turn the tide in the most desperate of spaces.

I’ve been pursued a great deal throughout time’s book pages
I’m not far, yet I remain…

A riddle for the Ages


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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