[saymaListserv] Fwd: WAGE PEACE by Mary Oliver

Michael Austin Shell bright_crow at mindspring.com
Fri Feb 14 11:56:35 JEST 2003


> > WAGE PEACE by Mary Oliver
> >
> > 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, 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.
> >




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