Peacenik

 

assertion

 

I want soft things

To be protected

May we do that

 

Give puppies homes

And kittens

Take care of children

Until they care for their own

And, who knows, maybe

Us older ones

 

This leads to causes, I know:

Feeding the hungry

Safe water for all

Shelter especially for the frightened

Though everyone needs a home

Sue for peace

When we don’t have to

Rather than rattling for war

Literacy

And learning

So that all might know how to have

A world

As well as how to hold a job

 

epilogue

 

Don’t forget clothing

It doesn’t make a man

A woman or a child

But it makes our bearing in

The world

Wearing a relationship

With custom

Ritual

Work, play, gratitude, reflection of the

Earth

 

And might we support the artisans

Those who make not only

What we need but

Enliven wisdom, reflection, celebration

Of the materials

We find above or under

Ground,

Inside water or through the air

 

I mean manufacturing, you know

Not simply things for beauty

Though why we cannot have both, I

Wonder

 

coda

 

If you think this is

Impossible,

If you think I am

Maybe you’re right

Curing disease was

Impossible

We simply had to wait for God

Before we knew that God

Was waiting for us

 

C L Couch

 

 

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