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While You Slept

by GraceReid Tue Jul 5th, 2005 at 11:23:31 AM EST

While You Slept

I travelled to Persia, to Alexandria, and to the granite shores of home
I wept with an old love and buried a child while you slept
The earth was red with Wyoming clay, into it salt mothers tears
And the husband like stone and him with the whiskey for courage
For me the clay and a year of dirt and solitude

A year with God and the grave and planting trees in the wilderness.

A year with wolves and bears and coyotes and rattlesnakes.
A year with moose and elk and skunks and prairie dogs.
A year of mice woodchucks, rabbits and slugs.
Seed packets, empty whiskey bottles, and plans of medieval gardens.
And not a human soul.  Not a living soul.  Not a whisper or a word.
Just the occasional roar of a distant tractor.

While you slept the war in Iraq was held in a peace fire.  
For eight hours there was not a bomb or a death.
For eight hours there was not a crime committed.
And the plowshares made of all the armaments beaten, even they were still;
While the workers rested in fragrant fields, while you slept.

July 5, 15:02 GMT

(Illustration: Vincent Van Gogh: "Rest From Work" (After Millet) 1889-1890)

I wonder will he find it when he wakes up?

Thanks for giving me a day of peace.

Now, back to the struggle....

by GraceReid on Tue Jul 5th, 2005 at 11:24:54 AM EST
Did you write this? It's lovely.

"This can't possibly get more disturbing!" - Willow
by myriad (imogenk at wildmail dot com) on Wed Jul 6th, 2005 at 01:21:53 AM EST
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and it is all the true story and he did find it when he woke up and he was delighted i am more interested these days in creating peace than in stopping the war, if you know what i mean. exit strategy is most important. but creating peace is vast.... it is about healing.... and that's where i am going. because my fight against the war in Iraq was a war, when it was not a battle. interested in strategies that create peace through reconciliation.... off to study peace, reconciliation and healing.
by GraceReid on Wed Jul 6th, 2005 at 09:31:08 AM EST
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Very nice, thank you for this moment of peace (and may we have more!)

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Wed Jul 6th, 2005 at 02:54:30 AM EST
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