A POETICS OF PEACE

Autumn comes. Photo by Kathleen Malley-Morrison.

by  Stefan Schindler

Autumn comes; the leaf falls from the tree.

Does the leaf release itself?

Or does the tree release the leaf?

The answer, my friend,

is blowin’ in the wind.

…………………………………………

 

 

Beauty before me; beauty behind me;

beauty above; beauty below.

Beauty all around.  I walk in beauty.

………………………………………………..

A quantum chorus of birdsong bright,

a golden, glowing, holy grail overflowing

with holy, healing, divine white light;

ecstasy of rainbows blanketing space,

empowered by love’s unconditional grace;

communing with creatures great and small,

happy to serve them one and all.

………………………………

 

Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi and King,

all said the same thing; their words fraught

with provocative jewels, hanging, or not,

from the head of the mule.  We, brought up

on Dylan and the Dead, heard the music and said,

Give peace a chance.

…………………………………………

Do you have faith in space?

Can you catch a moonbeam in a seashell?

Actually, the dream was never over,

because John never ceased to Imagine.

……………………………………………..

Let us go, make a start,

to the place where buffalo thunder

runs like a river through your heart;

sun rises, while the moon still sparkles on the dew;

song of the Tao calls to you, from the butterfly’s dream

of Chuang Tzu.

………………………………………………

Note from Kathie MM: Through countless generations, poetry has proved to have the power to stir the emotions, mobilize behavior, push towards peace and social justice.  Please comment on Stefan’s poetic post by sending us your own poems regarding peace and/or social justice.

 

  

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3 Responses to A POETICS OF PEACE

  1. Anthony J. Marsella says:

    I love Stefan’s poem. There are many reasons for this! Foremost is his willingness to cross genre, creating a prose poem! It is also an essay, a sermon, a warning, and a
    Plea! The words, topics, passion are genuine and speak to his character and purposes.

  2. Barbara says:

    I enjoyed these poems too, and also appreciated being invited to submit one of my own. Here is one by the late poet Ernestine Cobern Beyer that I think captures the goals of engaging peace very well.

    THE DRAGON AND THE GRIFFIN

    A Dragon and Griffin once met long ago,

    Each to the other a stranger.

    It was hate at first sight, so they started to fight,

    Creating much havoc and danger.

    The Dragon puffed smoke at the Griffin, of course,

    And attacked him with pushin’ and shovin’,

    While the Griffin came back with a furious crack

    At the Dragon’s interior oven.

    The Griffin was killed by the fire and flame

    Exhaled by his foe in their duel;

    The Dragon, no doubt, like a candle went out,

    For lack of a chance to refuel.

    The lesson is plain. Everybody must learn

    To respect and befriend one another;

    The Dragon and Griffin would be alive if’n

    They’d learned to get on with each other!

  3. Gold Dust Twin says:

    A thought-provoking question: Does the leaf release itself or does the tree release the leaf? To the religious among us, the likely answer is “Neither. God, who reigns over all things great and small, decrees when the leaf will fall to the ground.”
    To unbelieveers, the answer would be a shrugged “Who cares?” And what a sad thought that is in a world where beauty and poetry are so essential to hope.

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