Make Peace a Verb

Gloria Gaddis

Gloria Gaddis

Everyone believes in peace
especially those who make war
who thrive on conflict as addicts
think they thrive on their drugs
such peace being an illusion

Our peace through strength
brings cease`fires at their best
leaving residues of bitter anger
resentments down in the soul
in the profiling of the other

Give me peace that is a verb
for peace is a thing I must do
other`wise it is no`thing at all
A bumper`sticker on my car
along`side Save the Whales

Do not say Pray for Peace!
for God will not give what is
within the power of my hand
to do by accepting the other
as one who is my neighbor

“[Y0u] have treated the wound of my people carelessly,
saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.” ~ Jeremiah 6:14


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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5 Responses to Make Peace a Verb

  1. Mish says:

    So true and beautifully expressed. We should not need to pray for something we are already capable of.


  2. a cry in the wilderness, I fear


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