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, 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

Wage Peace 

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