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, clothespins, 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 precious:

Have a cup of tea …and rejoice.

Act as if armistice has already arrived.
Celebrate today.

 

Judyth Hill ~  September 11, 2001

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Natalie Goldberg,
Author of Writing Down the Bones…, Santa Fe, NM

Somewhere inside living the life of a poet, Judyth Hill grew the heart of a teacher.

When I first set her and a select crew of New Mexico poets and writers loose teaching the Writing down the Bones timed writing process, Judyth took all the tools and went for it. Anyone that has heard her read poems, or seen her teach her classes, knows her passion for and commitment to poetry and her students. She has developed teaching into a deep art.  WildWriting: The Dharma of Poetry shares her fresh way of looking at writing, her wild exuberance and enthusiasm for students, for poetry, for keeping alive the lineage of Poetry. The practices and exercise of WildWriting  will bring people to the page  with original depth and guide writers to follow their own passions onto the page.