Thursday, March 18, 2021

Thursday Poem - Wage Peace

Wage peace with your breath.
Breathe in firemen and rubble,
breathe out whole buildings
and flocks of redwing blackbirds.

Breathe in terrorists and breathe out sleeping children
and freshly mown fields.
Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.
Breathe in the fallen
and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.

Wage peace with your listening:
hearing sirens, pray loud.
Remember your tools:
flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.

Make soup.
Play music, learn the word for thank you in three languages.
Learn to knit, and make a hat.
Think of chaos as dancing raspberries,
imagine grief as the outbreath of beauty
or the gesture of fish.
Swim for the other side.
Wage peace.

Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious.
have a cup of tea and rejoice.
Act as if armistice has already arrived.
Celebrate today.

Judyth Hill

2 comments:

Barbara R. said...

What a lovely thought...I'm enjoying my morning wake-up coffee with sweet music and loved this poem.

christinalfrutiger said...

This quote is a favorite of mine that I always like to give to a young person just setting out in the world.

"The greatest possession you can own is an open heart. The greatest weapon you can be is an instrument of peace"
Carlos Santana