Monday, November 4, 2013

Dona Nobis Pacem

i will light
a  candle:

i  will  be the
sycamore tree
standing    tall
for brothers &
sisters,    lost 
 &  war-weary. 
  i will  be  the  
shaded leaves,
sturdy bark  of
home to those
who need me.
my trunk   will
be   hollowed
  hearth to wings
   & feet. i'll bade 
my words soft
 as wind, strong
as  fire  during
 cold nights.For
 today,    peace
 begins with me.

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  1. May it be so… om shanti, shalom, salaam, peace, peace, peace.
    Please consider yourself officially invited to participate this year's 5th Annual Gratitude (word) Quilt. Instructions (it is very simple) and a link that explains the origin of the word quilt can be found at the top of my blog. In past years there have been participants from every continent except Antarctica. I hope you'll join us:-)

  2. nice concrete poem that candle...making that choice...being the tree...being strong for those that need you...

  3. What a good idea to shape your poem like a candle wrought with fine ideals put into words.


  4. how clever! and now i have that tune in my head... let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. imagine!

  5. Thank you for the Light, for being the sheltering Tree, for reminding all where peace begins.

  6. like a prayer candle, Grace. Peaceful week to you ~ M

  7. Peace starts with each of us doesn't it? Very nicely put, Grace.
    Good thought too about lighting the candle. We all should do that.

  8. This is very very lovely...and so inspiring. Just beautiful, Grace. I LOVE the Toads peace globe!

  9. this had a musical quality to it...there is a song in this...if it wasn't for the fact I can't carry a tune in a bucket and I can't even play the spoons ... I would have a try at it... :)

  10. I love the oneness with nature that underlies this and the shape of the candle you're lighting. We begin.

  11. A choice it is, starts with one then away it can run

  12. Lovely words and image! I need a t-shirt that says "I am a sycamore tree" :)

  13. flows smoothly and nice shape poetry..

  14. a beautiful candle poem with peace being the flame...

  15. Loved it. Peace begins with me. How true is that! Beautifully written. :-)

  16. Grace a stunning piece on peace - beautiful and heartfelt words - thank you. x

  17. Hi Grace! Love the words and layout of your poem! What a perfect place to start with peace inside!

  18. Beautiful words/intention/shape. Your words are reminiscent of a mahayana teaching, "The Way of the Bodhisattva", by Shantideva. "May the pain of every living creature be completely cleared away. May I be the doctor and the medicine and may I be the nurse for all sick beings in the world until everyone is healed." You are bodhisattva.

  19. How smartly you have woven those pretty words in the shape of a candle. Good job!

  20. Very nice. Truly peace must begin within before it can spread.

  21. Grace, this is beautiful. Peace must begin in oneself.

  22. Powerful words for peace day. Lovely and lyrical.
    Thank you for participating in Blog4peace 2013. I am so impressed with the offerings of poetry I'm reading in this community.

    Peace to you and yours,

    #4326 in the Official peace Globe Gallery @


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