Peace #4

Peace on the Edge

Everything has a dual nature
My heart is two
Our prayer place is built of two
The meeting of two worlds like a city joined together
If only we could make the peace prayers properly
The world would be redeemed

Master of all the worlds
All the prayers are peace
Drip drip dripping
But the words have no lift

The lower worlds are bestirring themselves
The Great Heart of the World longs for peace
We are waiting for the true persons of compassion
You know who they are
We are yearning for peace
the silent peace, the true peace

May great peace flow from the upper worlds like a fountain
(Y’hei shlama raba min shemaya)
It will be beautiful
Like our lives

But for now
Save us
For a few more
Twenty four


Poems for Peace

Until the cease-fire
I am writing
poems for

true peace
the enduring peace.

#1 — For Mazen

Whenever you speak
I will listen for Umm Kulthum

What if she were singing
In both our heads

And we had no history at all
Other than that

#2 – for Mazen

Mazen, I heard you say
You chose peace
I chose peace also
And I am built stronger in peace
Independent of events
Because you chose peace

When I am most uncertain
I think of you

#3 – for Fuad

I hesitate to call you
Though I can’t sleep
I am occupied by the news
Every night

And I am loyal to my family
I am missing you as friend or
Holding my breath
Until a cease-fire

And I can walk into your store
The drinking of tea

Where it left off.