Hope for Peace

Some thoughts after hearing about the controversy over building an Islamic center near Ground Zero in NYC:

Perhaps be-

neath this com-

plex too often bro-

ken world a

seed of hope

silently pulses


beneath shards

of concrete & bro-

ken glass & shear-

ed steel beams

seeds of peace

are unfolding

thick fibrous roots

pushing into the fertile earth

pushing fragile shoots upward

toward the freshness of air



May God grant us peace.

35 thoughts on “Hope for Peace

  1. Why, thank you kindly. 🙂 I hope you have a week that is full of many wonderful happenings. Thanks for stopping in.

    I join you in the search for world peace. 🙂

  2. I like your poem very much. I really think peace is unfolding, its

    thick fibrous roots

    pushing into the fertile earth

    I personally feel so much more peaceful than I did even a few short years ago, and doesn’t peace start, in a big way, with me (and all the other me’s)? I know when I’m at peace, my own small world rests easier too, and who knows how far the ripples will spread?

    BTW, I like very much the soft green of your site — serene, peaceful, healing…

  3. what I like best about this piece is the way you emphasized the broken-ness that runs through this poem with strategic line breaks and short line lengths.. it really works well. out of small seeds can grow great oaks, after all.
    thanks for posting.

  4. Dear revbillcook:

    Enough dreamers can change anything, and dreamers tend to look for the best change so please don’t be offended when I say “you’re a dreamer”, I mean it in the most positive way.

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