Here … Now … There Is Peace, a poem by Gayle Walters Rose in honor of 100,000 Poets for Change
“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.”
All is quiet here on this street.
The birds are coming and going
from the several birdfeeders
in the yard. They are not alarmed.
Their differences in feather
coloration do not cause discord.
They all take turns feeding and
bathing in the birdbath.
Our neighbors are on friendly terms.
I hear no loud shouts.
It’s an undisturbed Saturday afternoon.
I offer a friendly wave to our next-door
neighbor as I get into my car.
A group of children are playing ball
down the way…laughter carries on the wind.
The sky is composed.
It is blue but filled with
billowing clouds without
darkness or strife.
The trees stand untroubled
in silent repose harboring
multitude of species that
look to them for sanctuary.
They welcome all.
My granddaughters feel safe
and secure as they play
in their room. They know
they are loved and protected.
They feel at ease.
Our household is tranquil.
We live in harmony.
Stillness surrounds us.
Quietude permeates our life.
Here…now…there is peace.
© 2018, Gayle Walter Rose (bodhirose)
Gayle is a mom and grandmom and a world-class poet. We’re delighted that she shared this poem with us for 100,000 Poets (and Friends) for Change.
* The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others
We are leaving 100TPC Virtual up through end-of-day October 6th so that those who weren’t able to share their work – or even fave pieces on theme (Peace, Sustainability, Social Justice) by other authors – still have time to do so. Instructions in the post explain how to share your poems or other art … check it out …
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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded. I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s Porch, Vita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation Press, The Bar None Group, Salamander Cove, Second Light, I Am Not a Silent Poet, Meta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”