Wage Peace

Wage peace with your breath.
Breathe in firemen and rubble,
breathe out whole buildings.
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, clothespins, 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.
Don't wait another minute.

(Judyth Hill)

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Dead Good Poem.. -- Tue, 27 Jul 2004 01:28:45 -0700 reply
and thanks for introducing me to Mary Oliver who was new to me. I have looked at some others of her poems (Wild Geese is very good) and will buy one of her collections for someone for Christmas --AndrewCates

misattribution -- Tue, 18 Jan 2005 12:16:24 -0800 reply
The poem "Wage Peace" was mistakenly attributed to Mary Oliver. It was actually written by Judyth Hill.

misattribution --simon, Mon, 21 Feb 2005 21:16:39 -0800 reply
Thanks!