Prayers & Prose For Peace

Do My Best

I Promise

I promise.
In quiet ways, most not seen.
To be myself,
to love enough,
to dream.
To give myself and you and me
a strong heart
a place to be.
To reach out
and color true,
to love a child
that’s me,
that’s you.


Sky Crane

The Heart Lasts Forever

My love for you is beyond gender,
beyond the constraints of personality,
beyond space and time.

It is contained
in the marvelous crystalline lattice,
held by the heart strings,
plucked like a harp,
dipped into the well of clear water.

We are here for just an instant
and vanish like a snowflake,
our imprint still shimmering
against the glass pane.

But the heart, the heart-
it lasts forever.

—Terri Glass


Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

— Mary Oliver

Hand Holding Oat Seeds

Your Song

Your song,
a wished-for song.

Go through the ear to the center
where sky is, where wind,
where silent knowing.

Put seeds and cover them.
Blades will sprout
where you do your work.

Translated by Coleman Barks

Peace Pilgrim2

Live In The Present

Live in the present.
Do all the things that need to be done.
Do all the good you can each day.
The future will unfold.

—Peace Pilgrim

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