Peace is not made by force
It is not reached through the infliction of an added pain
In the name of God or righteousness.
Peace is not made
By fighting for it with hatred
Or another war.
Children everywhere are children
Worthy of far more.
May compassion multiply and kindness grow …
To put out the fires of hatred and division,
The smoldering of war and rage,
Of profiteering and apathy,
Of greed and power-hunger
Disguised as they can be by flag or faith or vocal moral lore.
May compassion multiple and kindness grow …
To pour cool peacefulness
On zealots and prejudiced
And remind them we have all been born
Under the same skies
In the same form
Onto the same blue-green shores.
May love flow through the wounded places
Through the broken walls and empty spaces,
To fill the shattered hearts with light,
To gently hold
Let light unfold.