Sunday, March 8, 2009

"Peace"

The problem is
people think peace is boring
we have lost our imagi-
nations. We have forgotten
the fluidity of peace
how it is like all
the muscles
rippling to lift the dancer's leg,
how it is the slow
rhythm
of tidal rivers
how it is clouds forming and dispersing
how
it is a
flock of birds turning as one
in evening sky
how it is food
laid out on
a round table
and honest struggle
between lovers and
friends
how it
pulses in our blood
how it sings in our ears
how
the death of each tiny
thing
is held secure in its arms
with the
life. We have forgotten
how boring it is to kill each other
how
predictable.
There is much
more suspense
in peace.



- by Elizabeth Cunningham


(Special Thanks to Lynn Ellis of the Maine Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace for the guest post.)

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