Judyth Hill: Wage Peace

Judyth Hill is a poet, performer, writing teacher, and author, living in rural beauty on her farm in the verdant Jalpa valley, ringed by Los Picachos mountains, just outside San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Educated at Sarah Lawrence College; later apprenticed to poet, Robert Bly, and Gioia Timpanelli. She is the recipient of many grants from the Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation, the McCune Foundation, and New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities.

She served for many years as the Literature Coordinator for the New Mexico State Arts Division.

Judyth conducts workshops at Writing Conferences, and many museums, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe.

 

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, 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.

Celebrate today

Celebrate today.©2001, Judyth Hill

Source: http://poetry.about.com/library/weekly/aa092501m.htm