FOR PEACE by John O’Donohue

Cherry Blossoms

FOR PEACE

As the fever of day calms towards
twilight
May all that is strained in us come to
ease.
We pray for all who suffered
violence today
May an unexpected serenity surprise
them.
For those who risk their lives each
day for peace.
May their hearts glimpse providence
at the heart of history,
That those who make riches from
violence and war
Might hear in their dreams the cries
of the lost
That we might see through our fear
of each other
A new vision to heal our fatal
attraction to aggression.
That those who enjoy the privilege
of peace
Might not forget their tormented
brothers and sisters.
That the wolf might lie down with
the lamb,
That our swords be beaten into
ploughshares
And no hurt or harm be done
Anywhere along the holy mountain.

JOHN O’DONOHUE

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Honouring Ukraine – The Low Road – Marge Piercy

The Low Road

Marge Piercy

What can they do
to you? Whatever they want.
They can set you up, they can
bust you, they can break
your fingers, they can
burn your brain with electricity,
blur you with drugs till you
can’t walk, can’t remember, they can
take your child, wall up
your lover. They can do anything
you can’t blame them
from doing. How can you stop
them? Alone, you can fight,
you can refuse, you can
take what revenge you can
but they roll over you.

But two people fighting
back to back can cut through
a mob, a snake-dancing file
can break a cordon, an army
can meet an army.

Two people can keep each other
sane, can give support, conviction,
love, massage, hope, sex.
Three people are a delegation,
a committee, a wedge. With four
you can play bridge and start
an organization. With six
you can rent a whole house,
eat pie for dinner with no
seconds, and hold a fund raising party.
A dozen make a demonstration.
A hundred fill a hall.
A thousand have solidarity and your own newsletter;
ten thousand, power and your own paper;
a hundred thousand, your own media;
ten million, your own country.

It goes on one at a time,
it starts when you care
to act, it starts when you do
it again after they said no,
it starts when you say We
and know who you mean, and each
day you mean one more.

From ‘We Are Everywhere’

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