Thursday, March 21, 2024

Thursday Poem - Wage Peace

Wage peace with your breath.

Breathe in firemen and rubble,
breathe out whole buildings and flocks of
red wing 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, memorize the words 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

Have a cup of tea... and rejoice.

Act as if armistice has already arrived.
Celebrate today.

Judyth Hill


Barbara Rogers said...

Raspberries! Indeed! said...

This is marvelous, Cate. thank you for introducing me to Judyth Hill.