“Wage Peace” a Poem by Judyth Hill – Happy Holidays

This season, the calm before the New Year breaks dawn, is a time to reflect and embrace what is really important.  A friend shared this poem with me.  A real gift.  Happy Holidays.

"Breathe Peace"

“Wage Peace” 

by Judyth Hill

“Wage peace with your breath.

Breathe in firemen and rubble, breathe out whole buildings and flocks of redwing blackbirds.

Breathe in terrorists
and breathe out sleeping children and freshly mown fields.

Breathe in confusion
and breathe out maple trees.

Breathe in the fallen
and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.

Wage peace with your
listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.

Remember your tools:
flower seeds, clothes pegs, clean rivers.

Make soup. Play music,
learn the word for thank you in three languages.

Learn to knit, and make
a hat.

Think of chaos as
dancing raspberries,

imagine grief as the
outbreath of beauty or the gesture of fish.

Swim for the other

Wage peace.

Never has the world
seemed so fresh and precious.

Have a cup of tea and

Act as if the armistice
has already arrived.

Don’t wait another

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About Kathryn Cooper

Kathryn Cooper is a committed sustainability practitioner and educator moving companies toward “green” profitability and sustainable competitive advantage by unlocking human creativity and technical innovation. Over the last two years she has had the privilege to work with companies like Dupont, Zerofootprint, WWF Canada, and Partners in Project Green on sustainability issues, best practices and renewable energy. Kathryn is a graduate of York University with a Master of Education specializing on Sustainability and the Environment. She holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.
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