Peace Prayer

What do you pray for the longing inside

What begs your attention disturbs your pride

What is the thorn that won’t go away

What needles serenity won’t let you play


What rankles plans for a life with more play

What leaves you alone with not much to say

What calls forth amazement at what you observe

What makes you crazy ignites each nerve


What won’t let you rest till you are thrown down

What’s taken your smile replaced it with a frown

What pollutes the air and water we drink

What clouds your good judgment makes it hard to think


What rages inside breaks your sweet heart

What prowls your deep corridors demanding your art

What shocks your wisdom draws out your tears

What’s growing louder with each passing year


What beckons your voice rise up and protest

What pulls curdling screams from deep in your chest

What galvanizes the burning within

What has the capacity to restore a grin


One simple answer wells up in my being

A world that is peaceful all people seeing

We tend to the suffering heal the ills

Breathe loving kindness spurred by clear wills


We realize violence only gets more

We all know that love is what we came for

We let go all thoughts of winning or blame

Leave behind war with it our shame


We honor the peace and compassion we are

We let go of all else it won’t take us far

We sing with clear voices angels we are

We let go of all else it does not take us far


What might you let go of in service of a broader peace?

Can forgiveness end the suffering and pain in an instant?

– Stewart Levine ©

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