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May There Be Peace – A Villanelle

Posted on by David Madden

Soon, soon, here in this place, may there be peace.
Hear our prayer, Inner Light of great and small:
Help us make violence end and bloodshed cease.

May we, though given so much to caprice,
Be still long enough to hear the meek call:
Soon, soon, here in this place, may there be peace.

May we, from crude chains that bind, gain release
For we would press on, though first we might crawl,
To help make violence end and bloodshed cease.

May our tenacity each day increase
As we help bring down hate’s sundering wall
So, soon, here in this place, there may be peace.

May we be strong as iron, soft as fleece,
As required to break the ego’s spell
To help make violence end and bloodshed cease.

If not all at once, then small piece by piece
Grant us strength to be freed from fear’s dark thrall
So, soon, here in this place, there will be peace
For we’ve helped make violence end and bloodshed cease.
David Madden Westerly Monthly Meeting, clerk

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